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Today's Focus: North Valley
Randall Ridge, the richest city in the Portland Metropolitan Area. With a thriving downtown, and a booming population of 27,194, Randall Ridge was voted one of the best places to live by Korbes for 4 years in a row. But this year, it went from being the best to the worst. In 2012, this thriving city was kicked off the Korbes Top Ten all the way down to the Top 75. Many people wonder why, and how, this could happen so sudden. Well, you could be the first to find out....
In this picture, people are entering Eaton, the 2nd largest city in the PMA. You probably think their commute is over, well, its not. In a poll conducted by all cities north of Eaton. 57% of all the "pollies" said they work outside the North Valley, which means 57% of them have a commute anywhere from 1-4 hours. Commute Satisfaction in the North Valley has went from 78% in 1990 to 35% in 2011.
Here is the scary thing that caused this "Coummutageddon". In 1990, the North Valley had a population of 87,215 with 101,326 jobs. In 2011, the North Valley's pop. skyrocketed to 254,021 with only 105,679 jobs. The PMA only had 694,203 jobs, and and total population of approx. 609,000. The South Valley, which is all the cities that weren't named on the map above, were boasting thriving population growth, extraordinary job growth, and strong economic stability.
In June 2012 the South Valley was attacked by the "Upper Dogs", a group of approx. 8,500 people. At first, the government thought they were "Home Terrorists", but later classified them as "High-Threat Rioters". Anyway, the Upper Dogs mainly attacked Beaverton, Northwest Portland, and Hemsworth. They caused an estimated 53 million dollars, killed 12 people, and injured 54. The riots lasted for 2 weeks, and 78 buildings were damaged. The riots occurred as a response to a series of bills/laws passed by the Metropolitan Government that further limited job growth in the North Valley. 2 more bills/laws were also about to be passed, one required businesses to have a location in Portland and Peoria first before developing in the North Valley. When the riots were over, the State Government decided to review these bills/laws. A week later the State Government demanded the MG to void all but one of these bills/laws.
This is a traffic jam on Interstate 5 in Beaverton. If you go all the way to where Interstate 5 enters Portland, you'll find out that this traffic jam is caused by people commuting from the North Valley to Portland. The Metropolitan Government wants to expand the Interstate 5, but this will displace all Beaverton residents that work outside the city, unless the city starts a ferry system. It will also displace 34% of North Valley workers. This could have been alright, but it's not due to the fact that it will take 3 weeks to complete.
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