If Neighbors Seem Adversarial aka What’s Wrong With What Providence Does?

At a neighborhood meeting not that long ago, comments were made that indicated that Providence Corporation thinks the neighbors in the Providence Portland area are adversarial.

Yes, that’s what my sources say.

  • We want crossings marked so the seniors who live at Emilie House can safely cross to the bus stop. That is adversarial.
  • We want a stronger commuter program to cut down on the number of single occupancy vehicles so our neighborhood feels less like a car lot and more like a residential area. That is adversarial.
  • We want Providence to provide a place for smokers so we don’t have to see patients or staff outside in all kinds of weather in various stages of undress loitering along the sidewalk while they smoke. We don’t want to empty the cigarette butts from our planters or sweep the sidewalks in front of our homes. We don’t want to smell the smoke of the hospital and clinic employees who stand in front of our homes because it’s a  less hostile environment than the main streets in front of the hospital. Apparently, neighbor requests are adversarial.
  • We’d like to know that our children can safely cross all of the streets in our neighborhood to get to and from Laurelhurst Elementary. Wanting safe streets is deemed as adversarial.
  • We want Providence to share. We want them to share our space, our streets, our parking spaces, our gardens, our open spaces, and to benefit from our amazing neighborhood that is practically a park in which their patients and families are seen walking on a regular basis as they deal with the illness of loved ones. We welcome them. And, we want Providence to take some of the responsibility of the burden the hospital brings to a non-commercial neighborhood. We have ideas of how they could do that. But, rather than listen to us or indulge us and stripe a few crosswalks for a pittance of $$, Providence has met neighbors with a highly paid land use attorney who seems to speak for them as of late. And, neighbors are the ones who are adversarial.

When I heard about the comments at the neighborhood association meeting, I just shook my head. I’m disgusted with the whole land use process. I want Providence to get what they need to have a world-class facility and provide the best medical care. At present, when I am sick, that is where I go. But, they could be a good neighbor and they are not. When the chips are down, they are the ones being adversarial and laying blame on the neighbors. They are smart enough to realize how to play the system and how to wait and outwait the neighbors. Neighbors are busy living lives and don’t have corporate dollars funding every meeting they attend. Thus, issues get dropped. Time goes by. Providence wins by default.

I had to let it all go. I have ill family members to tend to and that has consumed all my spare time.

Then, one of my neighbors sent me this link to a recent article in Willamette Week.

Very Healthy Paychecks

Yikes! Greg Van Pelt is GONE….gone from the Providence Payrolls. He sure took a bundle with him when he went. So much for asking for street crossings to be striped and marked.

But Van Pelt’s own swelling paycheck topped $4.2 million, according to Providence’s 2011 tax return, the most recent on record. That’s triple what his predecessor took home two years ago.

For all the crying about losing revenue in the current system. For all the arguing that they can’t be forced to put in pedestrians crossings, or set a building back a bit from the street, or keep an aquatics center open, the CEO is rewarded with megabucks.

Who is adversarial? Indeed.

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