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|On the Scene|
|Tuesday, February 23, 2010|
BY KEVIN MANAHAN
The $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing project has much more at stake than improving transportation between Portland and Vancouver. Environmental concerns, economic implications and – of course – costs are pitting state governors against city leaders as they debate the scope and timeline of the historic project. Meanwhile, some local creative minds have ideas of their own.
This includes moving the region away from dependency on motor vehicles and toward alternative means of transportation – thus the idea of downsizing the current freeway system and opening up the city center for residential and business development. To Potestio, planners need to look beyond the CRC when considering the best way to improve transportation in the metro area. "Basically, I want to see the region be smarter about the big picture,” he says.
Kevin Manahan is the online editor for Oregon Business.
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