As the country stares down into the abyss of ancient and failing water and sewer systems coast to coast, there have been many attempts to make paying for renovations and upgrades less burdensome on the already cash-strapped low income – America’s fastest growing economic class.
Newport city officials are among those trying to ease the strain on those who could literally be priced out of their homes – even apartments – with sky high rate increases. Hence the rush to find grants and float new urban renewal districts to spread, in around about way, those costs across broader areas of the city.
Enter Portland. They’ve been facing this challenge for decades. In this article in the Oregonian, we find that progress toward that goal seems elusive as ever. Click here.