Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Return of the Cloth

(Portland). Tucson, Arizona. Well, the terrible TREO of Roach, Major, and Mouch have returned from the vacation to Portland to talk about economic development in the Old Pueblo and the creation of high wage jobs in town. Sam Negri of the Star has the first article about the trip. You want to hear pure, distilled cloth?

I quote Roach directly from the article, "Portland does a really good job of planning and recognizing that you need multiple pieces working together to make the whole place work."

For this we pay the guy $150,000+.

Quoting Tucson City Planning Director Albert Elias, "The part that's missing in Tucson is the confidence and trust that, as a community, a diverse group of leaders can get together to solve anything. But I'm confident we can do it and will do it because the stakes (of inaction) are getting higher."

Negri mentions Council Member Shirley Scott's observation that Tucson residents tend to come together to complain rather than build. Elias said local frustration is reaching a tipping point.

Oh really? I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that when someone works hard to actually do something real they get their throat cut?

I think Roach is doing a swell job. After all, Lucky Wishbone is building two new restaurants in town "from the ground up."

Now that's economic development.


Anonymous dustin said...

I would laugh, but it doesn't help. It must be the citizenry of tucson's fault they can't do their jobs. Stupid citizens, if only they knew what was good for 'em. We pay folks to tell us this crap?

8/13/2007 6:32 AM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

To be fair, Portland _does_ have a good reputation for its city planning.

Of course, there's more behind that planning than just spouting a lot of slogans and platitudes. Maybe Tucson will figure that out some day.

8/13/2007 7:30 AM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

Oh, and for 150K+ I could provide much more cloth of much higher quality. It would still be cloth, but it would have a mush more seemingly substantial veneer.

8/13/2007 10:06 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Here is the most profound statement in the article:

""Portland does a really good job of planning and recognizing that you need multiple pieces working together to make the whole place work," but at a hefty price, Snell said."

How can these higher level bureaucrats spew such platitudes and actually think they have said something? There must be a training center somewhere that teaches them because they can all do it.

8/13/2007 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They must have good PR training.

8/13/2007 4:18 PM  

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