Nation: Go-Getter for Transportation

Portland Mayor Goldschmidt: builder of a system that works

"I know they say the American will never give up his car or his right to drive it when and where he pleases, but if that's so, the city is dead." So said Neil Goldschmidt shortly after he became mayor of Portland, Ore., in 1972. He then proceeded to kill plans for an inner city freeway, arguing that it would unnecessarily displace 600 families and destroy an old city neighborhood. Next he beat down opposition from Portland merchants to a multimilliondollar, 22-block-long downtown...

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