Thank GOD! Now can we focus on a Hawthorne or other inner east side lines so we can make better use of the loop?
Lake Oswego councilor pulls streetcar support
Portland Business Journal by Suzanne Stevens, Web editor
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 6:44am PST - Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 7:02am PST
Suzanne Stevens Web editor - Portland Business Journal
The effort to build a Portland to Lake Oswego streetcar line may be derailed now that a Lake Oswego City Councilor has pulled his support.
As the Oregonian reports, Councilor Bill Tierney announced at the Lake Oswego City Council meeting Tuesday that he felt there were more pressing needs the city should focus on than the controversial project.
It was a reversal for Tierney, who in April was one of four councilors to narrowly support moving forward in exploring a streetcar line. The effort lost some steam two months later, however, when Lake Oswego Mayor Jack Hoffman asked the Clackamas County Commission to defer its conditional support for a streetcar until criticism about the $400 million project could be addressed.
Backers of the line had touted its economic development potential. As the Business Journal reported previously, the proposed $56.1 million Lake Oswego Foothills development hinged on its fate. That project may now be in doubt.