This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

It exists, if this Cato Institute study is to be believed. Shocking!

The idea that Portland is an “unlivable,” and “unaffordable” city is pretty absurd on its face. It’s still the least-expensive major city on the West Coast, and often ranks as one of the most livable cities in America. Such is the grasp of Portland’s nefarious light-rail mafia, I suppose, that they can supress housing prices and buy off news media. Truly nefarous stuff.

Of course, if I were to start a transit-oriented mafia, I’d surely start with roads, not rail, since road construction offers far more poured concrete in which to make the bodies of my enemies disappear. But that’s just me.

P.S.: … and that Measure 37 that Cato cites as evidence that “Portland–area residents have expressed their opposition to these plans”? Yeah, it’s on it’s way to being repealed.