Maybe you were hoping, like I was, that after all the new years eve arrests for drunk driving our policy makers would wise up and allocate some resources to our state police. Or maybe you were frustrated, again, with the time of your morning commute and the fact that you drive 20mph past signs that suggest 55mph. You're hoping that some transportation dollars will build some more roads so that you can get to work.
Hah, there is no intention of this. Instead we have...
McLoughlin Blvd. Enhancement Project in Oregon City, Oregon. The City of Oregon City, the county seat of Clackamas County, Oregon, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, Oregon, invite artists/teams residing in Oregon or Washington to submit qualifications for a public art design team opportunity in Oregon City. The total art budget is $160,000.
Maybe you are an aspiring artist. Maybe you could use $160,000. Unfortunately there is another requirement for this project: you must HATE cars.
You see Oregon City and ODOT are very concered that this area is "designed primarily to accommodate motorized vehicles moving through the area" so this "project seeks to reduce barriers for pedestrians and cyclists."
So who is paying for this public art whose purpose is to make it harder for you to drive through the area?
"The project has been funded through Federal transportation allocations and Oregon City Urban Renewal funds. "
Urban Renewal is money that should go to local schools and police but thankfully will instead help build a "skatepark."
Hold onto your wallets update:
Wonderful how the next morning after the call for the public artist(s) for the above project we have the Fishwrapper telling us a worthless story about artists "looking for a home" in Oregon City. But the best paragraph is this:
""There was a big interest in having a gallery," said Orzen, who coordinates the city's annual First City Arts Faire. The problem now is how the venture would pay its bills, she said."
Ooooh, ooooh, pick me, pick me, I know how they could pay their bills!!! Use tax dollars!