The Urban Renewal Trough
Urban Renewal District abuse is rampant in metro-area cities and counties. What was originally conceived of as a tool to revamp blighted areas has mutated into a politician wish-list granting slush fund, and a crony-capitalist feeding trough.
Example: the Oregon City urban renewal district, created in the early 2000's.
A SINGLE consulting firm, Leland Consulting Group, has been paid more than $1.2 million dollars since 2004 just from this single urban renewal district.
I'm sure that the public got terrific value for all the Smart Growth planning services the Leland Group provided for the taxpayers.
Take a look at the list of the checks Leland Group has received. It's time our electeds start being held accountable for this kind of waste and cronyism.
Posted by Rob Kremer