Friday, February 27, 2009

A Tale of Two River Cities...

Pictured above are two cities that sit next to rivers. The city pictured in the upper photograph is Sacramento, where Mrs. Bear and I work. Downtown is not doing well (some of you saw the city's downtown homeless on Oprah this week) and the scheduled increase in the California sales tax will certainly do nothing to help retail sales.

The lower photo is of downtown Portland, and this city remains vibrant and lively. Plus, there's no sales tax which encourages shopping by out-of-state visitors like ourselves. Finally, Portland has an extremely efficient public transport system - it costs a whole $2.00 to get from the airport to downtown - which several cities in California (including San Francisco and Los Angeles) could stand to study and emulate. Yes, Portland is a city that works!

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