Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Packwood not charmed by streetcar

Former Senator Bob Packwood (R-Oregon) spoke out against a possible streetcar extension to Lake Oswego at a citizens advisory committee meeting tonight, saying that streetcar lines exist only to build high rises and Lake O. wants to remain flat.

His comments came shortly after committee chairman Dave Jorling gave an impassioned appeal that committee members consider global issues such as climate change, peak oil and the war on terror when deciding on the local streetcar option.

"Maybe Lake Oswego is happy to become a dense town," Packwood, a resident of the Dunthorpe neighborhood, said. "I hope that's not the future of Lake Oswego; it's a charming town."

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