The rapidly growth of Portland, Oregon has led to the sort of serious congestion and brutal rush hours typically associated with larger West Coast cities.
To fix the problem, the city council is eyeing an expansion of the city’s main interstate, the 5, in the area around city’s sports stadiums.
Urban planners who study traffic tell you this is a bad idea because of “induced demand,” which causes building more freeways to make traffic worse. But try explaining that to traffic-bound rush-hour commuters.
Portland resident Paul Rippey tried to break through by explaining this very dry concept to his city council Wednesday, telling the story of the city’s interstate system from the 60s on to today.
“We all like to drive around town, but you can’t help but noticing how much it’s slowed down,” he sang. “And adding more lanes is never done, because if we build them they will come—that’s the thing we need to understand, it’s induced demand.”
“It should be clear the system is broken and adding more lanes is just a futile token,” he sings. “Because the thing we need to understand is induced demand.”
Despite Portland’s reputation as a laid-back hippie haven, city council meetings have been tense during the reign of Mayor Ted Wheeler, with activists shutting down several meetings after police killed an unarmed black teen and again after the police violently suppressed an anti-Trump march down city sidewalks using techniques that spurred an ACLU lawsuit.
Rippey’s song is very catchy and he received a warm reception, with council member Amanda Fritz even asking the mayor to suspend the rules so that she could clap. (Her request was ignored—Mayor Wheeler is a very serious man.)
However, Rippey did receive a smile from Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who once viciously lashed out at woman that read poetry to the council, so Rippey can count himself lucky.
Following Rippey’s testimony two other men testified against the freeway expansion using the sort of dense, wonky language that you’d expect.
Watch his performance below, or skip to the second video for the studio version of “Induced Demand.”
MAGA hat-wearing South Carolina voter casts ‘chaos’ vote for Bernie Sanders: ‘The best worst candidate’
A Republican voter in South Carolina told Fox News that he voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary to help President Donald Trump's reelection chances.
The man, who was wearing a Make America Great Again hat, made the comments at a diner in Columbia Wednesday morning.
"I'm a Republican and a Trump supporter," he said. "But we have an operation chaos going on and all over the state we're encouraging Republicans to go vote for Bernie because we believe Bernie is the best worst candidate in contrasting his socialism against President Trump and his capitalism."
Watch the video below from Fox News.
‘Don’t put handcuffs on’: Body camera footage shows Orlando police arresting 6-year-old for ‘tantrum’
The Orlando Police Department has released footage of a 6-year-old girl being arrested.
According to The Tampa Bay Times, Kaia Rolle was being read a story when officers showed up to arrest her after she had a "tantrum" earlier in the day.
The arrest occurred at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy on Sept. 19, 2019. Rolle's family shared body camera footage with the Orlando Sentinel this week.
“What are those for?” Rolle asks the officer, referring to zip ties used to handcuff suspects.
Nevada GOP activist reveals how he ‘caucused for Bernie’ to help Trump win: ‘It would be a dream election’
Conservative activist Chuck Muth said that he temporarily switched parties to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucuses.
Muth, who spoke to the Las Vegas Journal-Review while wearing a red Keep America Great hat, explained that he had crossed over to “vote for the weakest candidate possible of the Democrats.”
“It was kind of a way of demonstrating how absurd I think it is to have same-day registration as well as early voting for a caucus,” Muth explained. “So my wife and I last Sunday went to an early voting site, we changed parties right there on the spot. We caucused for Bernie.”