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Readers Respond: Car-Unfriendly Portland Is a Good Thing

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Kate Wood was upset about her attempt to park in the Pearl District for an event. (“Reader Answers: Portland Makes Supporting Downtown Difficult,” Sept. 19.) She basically made the point that downtown Portland isn’t “car-friendly” — but that’s a good thing.

TriMet, contrary to its claim, is reliable. If you don’t want to ride a bike or take TriMet or the tram, you can take a taxi (or Uber or Lyft) and you won’t have to park at all. When you park your car, you don’t have to worry about vandalism or theft. Sorry, that’s just the way it is.

There is no need to take or bring a car unless you have special needs or problems. Then you can expect the usual challenges with congestion, construction and meters. Portland doesn’t, as she said, target just the people who don’t have housing or the residents of the inner city. It is a national model for walkability and affordable, accessible public transport. Sure, the ‘burbs’ are great, but Portland is still very much alive.

Lane Browning, Portland