I’m a recent transplant from Chicago. What is a deal with a random dirt section of a road in Portland? fine. Then suddenly for a block or two, it’s unpaved. Is this the result of a long-standing Hatfield-McCoy feud between the real estate owner and the city? -Ramzy
Don’t tell anyone, but we actually had to tear a perfectly good road over 60 miles to build those “unimproved” blocks. Making Portland look like a dump is all part of the plan, so people in larger, developing cities won’t want to live here. And they pretend to be homeless.
But seriously, your guess about the feud between Ramsey, the city and the real estate owner isn’t too far away. It’s not exactly a shootout, but it’s certainly an example of competition between public and private interests, and dare to say that some homeowners find it terribly unfair.
At first glance, it sounds like an incredible tear. These “roads are not improved” blocks are not a city issue by law. Not only does the city not improve them, but they do not even pay to keep them in their current dirty state. Maintenance is the responsibility of adjacent real estate owners, and the only way to turn these sad possum habitat masses into real streets is for those real estate owners to pay from their pockets and grade them. However, it is paved and has the same standards as a normal street. Then, and only then, the city will take over.
What is the legitimacy of this featureless hard sari? Remember, the Portland neighborhood wasn’t built by the city government. Most began as residential areas on unincorporated land. Part of the process of turning worthless meadows into high-value real estate is building streets that developers pay as part of their investment. If the city were to annex the neighborhood, they would take over the street as long as they wrote the code.
However, if the old developer’s plans included rights to methods that couldn’t really be improved beyond the oxcart-path standard, ox is still needed to traverse them today. .. The people who wrote the Portland City Ordinance decided that correcting the developer’s oversight shouldn’t be a taxpayer’s problem. In addition, someday those abandoned cart passes may be good for getting rid of carpetbaggers (or at least cows).
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