Saturday, December 27, 2008
Max Light Rail
Friday, December 26, 2008
Nothing special to say in the day after the Christmas. Just have a look at the U.S. flags all over the city. This is a good part of the "American Culture", I think. I haven't seen so many flags on buildings and bridges in my country and the other few countries I've visited. I like it. This post, these days and the beautiful snow we have all remind me the "America the Beautiful" song.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
MAX update: Frozen switches are causing service disruptions. Shuttle bus frequency is now averaging about every 20-30 minutes.All buses remain chained; expect delays of 20-30 minutes. Many buses are on snow routes or canceled. Check service alerts for updates on MAX and bus service.
Monday, LIFT will provide life-sustaining trips only.
During snow and ice, for some routes TransitTracker may have difficulty projecting how many minutes remain before the bus arrives at your stop. When this happens, it will instead tell you how far away the bus is from your stop.
Thank you TriMet!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Although there are some good shelters and villages for homless people in Portland but I don't think if just building such places would be enough. As Elaine said, some of these people are mentally ill so they are not able to make a proper decision where to stay or where to go. Why do some of them refuse to stay in shelters? There is always a reason behind everything. They should be guided (or even forced) to stay there if they refuse it. I'm curious to know if "American Democracy" does say if voters do not vote to pay tax for their support, these guys have to keep living like this in the streets and the only other option will be only few charities? Does "morality" play any role in your democracy?
* These are not offensive questions. I just want to learn more about the American democracy. Thanks.
BUT on the way back home, I saw a sad, sad scene. This woman was there for several days in this bad weather. We saw her there before. I don't know if she was alive or dead. What do homeless people do in this weather? Is there any organization or place to let them sleep somewhere warm? I had to do something. I couldn't see a "human" being suffered this much and do nothing or keep joking and laughing with friends. We all are human, yes?
- Human beings are members of a whole,
- In creation of one essence and soul.
- If one member is afflicted with pain,
- Other members uneasy will remain.
- If you have no sympathy for human pain,
- The name of human you cannot retain.
I don't have a cell phone. So I asked my friends to call 911 or somewhere to ask for help to see who this woman is and if she needs help (ofcourse she does) but they didn't care. There were also some guys there to clean the road. I walked to them and let them know about her and asked if we should call somewhere to do something. They just told me we just work for "road maintenance" services. We are not in charge of these cases. The bus had arrived and I had to go. No one did nothing! No one did nothing! We are human, are we sure? How can I sleep in my warm bed tonight and leave that woman there to die of cold. It's -5 C degrees (feels like -14 C degree) or 22 F degrees (feels like 7 F degrees) out. Heeeeeyyyyyyyyyy, who can I ask for help? Why no one cares? I shout: "We are human, are we sure?"
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Yalda is the most important non-new-year Iranian festival that comes back to the 2nd millennium BC. According to Persian mythology, Mitra, the Godess of love, was born at the end of this night after the long-expected defeat of darkness against light. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradually lengthening nights and shortening days. Happy Yalda everybody!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
How lovely is the Portland Streetcar! It's warm and free to use in the fareless square in downtown. I often take it to go to Safeway to buy some groceries. However when the weather is better, I prefer walking or biking.
I think the Portland Streetcar and the KOIN Center, the red building with the special architecture, are two good symbols of the city. I like them.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Is it a sign for the beginning of the second "Ice Age" because of the climate change? Have you read this sad news? "Over 2 Trillion Tons of Ice Melted in Arctic Since 2003". Hey bloggers, let's pull our bikes out of our garages and do more cycling to emit less greenhouse gases. Of course no one expects us to cycle in a snowy day!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Can you see the OMSI (Oregon Museum of Sicence and Industry) and the submarine in the water?
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Oh terrestrial dome, Oh Mount Damavand
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
How far, how high and how fast?
The Tram cabins travel 3,300 linear feet between the South Waterfront terminal adjacent to the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Center for Health & Healing, and the upper terminal at the Kohler Pavilion on OHSU's main campus. Traveling at 22 miles per hour, the Tram cabins rise 500 feet for the three-minute trip over I-5, the Lair Hill neighborhood and the Southwest Terwilliger Parkway.
Why a tram?
OHSU needs to expand beyond its Marquam Hill campus to meet increased patient, education and research needs. The underused properties of South Waterfront provided a location that would keep OHSU's growth in Portland. After years of discussion and study of options to connect the upper campus with the new area, the Portland City Council adopted the Marquam Hill Plan that included the Tram as the superior system over shuttles and other alternatives to link the two areas.
Who owns the tram?
The Portland Aerial Tram is part of Portland's public transportation system, and is owned by the city. OHSU provided $40 million of the $57 million construction cost of the Tram. The city's share of construction costs ($8.5 million) will be collected over time from the rising property values in South Waterfront caused by its redevelopment. OHSU oversees operation of the Tram, while the city is responsible for the maintenance of the upper and lower stations and tower, and provides regulatory oversight.
There are some nice shots here:
You may also like to visit the official website of the tram:
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Broadway Cab is the oldest and largest taxicab company in Portland. The company was founded in 1930, and has had a variety of ownership structures since then.
Taxis in the US are much more expensive than other places (at least than Iran). Anyone knows the reason or had any experience before to take a cab in another country? I took taxi two or three times when I was in Cyprus and it wasn't that expensive. It was reasonable.