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Portland is a PR machine for light rail & streetcar

Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon          

“It must always be remembered how cost-effectiveness works in the public sector: the cost IS the benefit.” - author unknown

Actually, this claim is literally true, but why live in an expensive mixed-use apartment just so you can impulse buy an occasional expensive food item?

You don't live on milk. You also need bread, meat, veggies, paper goods, and a myriad of other things. If you walk to to the local mixed use grocery store, you will find limited selection (because of the store's small customer base) and high prices (because it is located on expensive real-estate and has low sales per square foot).

You will find money invested in a little gasoline for your car pays handsome dividends in wider selection, fresher products and lower costs.

False Promises: High Density will let you walk to the store to get a quart of milk