Tomorrow's my 50th birthday, and today I just made an accepted offer on a house in Portland.  A bit to digest, so we'll be dark here for a couple of days!  Coming soon: posts on Tel Aviv and on British de-regulation …

18 Responses to yikes!

  1. Miss Bliss May 8, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Happy Birthday dear friend. We’ve known each other an awfully long time now. I like that.

  2. John Krause May 8, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Happy Birthday, Jarrett!

  3. MB May 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Congratulations Jarrett! On both your b-day and your house.
    Now get crackin’ on paying off that mortgage before you retire. I speak from experience!

  4. EngineerScotty May 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm #


  5. kantor May 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Happy birthday… besides it seems like a good time to buy a house in the USA…

  6. Alon Levy May 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Happy birthday!
    I’m looking forward to hearing you on Tel Aviv. The city has so many interesting issues to work on – the way it’s building a subway, the dysfunctional bus network, the prevalence of high-rise sprawl – and I’m sure you’ll have plenty of insights.

  7. Joseph E May 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Okay, so now that you’ve settled down in Portland, how can we get you in charge of things at Trimet? Interested in running for a position on the Metro Board? 😉

  8. Lerman May 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Another reader for your Tel-Aviv insights. When are you coming to fix our transit?
    Happy birthday!

  9. Daniel Howard May 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations!!

  10. david vartanoff May 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    welcome to the landed gentry and happy birthday.

  11. Peter Parker May 9, 2012 at 3:21 am #

    Happy birthday Jarrett and congratuations on the house. Definitely a different feeling than renting. You can now build walls of books or whatever takes your fancy without worrying about the landlord. And I trust that it’s near one or more ‘frequent network’ routes!

  12. Edward Re May 9, 2012 at 4:18 am #

    Congrats! Surprise, so that’s where urban transport planners would like to live.

  13. Koeriers Antwerpen May 9, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Happy B-Day, enjoy it and have fun

  14. Robert Willis May 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Do something nice for yourself today!

  15. Jarrett at HumanTransit.org May 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    I did!  Rode a really useful bus!  😉

  16. David Duval May 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Bonne fête Jarret !

  17. Wad May 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Jarrett, did you use Walk Score or Transit Score to determine your new house?
    With that said, congratulations and best wishes for both of your milestones.

  18. Jarrett at HumanTransit.org May 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Wad.  In my case I know Portland well enough that I didn't need those tools.  As it turns out, Walkscore is 58.  Low Walkscore reflects WS's emphasis on proximity rather than quality of walk environment.  Shops are over a half mile away, but I'd much rather walk 1/2 mile to them in Portland's fine-grained and pleasant urban grid than do a much shorter walk in the anti-pedestrian suburbs.  TransitScore is 50, ludicrously low for an area with very good transit access by Portland standards.  Jarrett