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gdmit, portland/pac nw and the gulf of alaska!

i don’t want to wear my winter hiking boots on my commute when it’ll only rain one-way, and when it’s lightly raining and not pouring. (and it’s harder to go up the hill because the boots absorb my force instead of transferring to the pedals.)

but then my not-waterproof chrome shoes still get somewhat soaked, to the top of my socks.

need to buy one of these rain shoe covers. v___v;;;; which cost almost as much as my shoes

also, I want a breathable waterproof jacket with arm vents.

like with zippers along the sleeves, cuz that’s where it really gets too insulative. 

i’ll be riding my bike, got up the hill, can unzip my jacket zipper to let out some steam, but arms still hella hot!

north face, chrome.. someone make this please.

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» Black People in Portland Said No to a Trader Joe's to Keep White People from Moving In

I usually love VICE mag, but there’s just so much context missing from this piece “this week in racism”. if i had read only this article, i would think, yeah, that’s dumb. people in living in west oakland “food deserts” would welcome a trader joe’s no question!

but as i’m an urban planning student in a program that gives a decent focus on equity, i had heard some more news about the issue.

similar to how the bikeways controversy on North Williams Ave. sparked, trader joe’s did not consult the community before making plans to locate there. the neighborhood didn’t say they wanted a TJs. pretty much, they weren’t given a choice until recently to reject it.

the better way of doing things would have obviously been for TJs to talk to the community and see how they would feel about moving in. instead of getting permits, etc. and just shoving itself into a neighborhood.

and looking at a larger context, a community should be able to choose what they want. yes, they want easily available fresh produce, but maybe not within a trader joe’s. there’ve been ideas for a community market like the forthcoming (2014) Portland Mercado (15.11.13), a latino public market at SE 72nd/Foster. something like a farmers market that’s open every day, with independent vendors.

so now that North Portland eliminated trader’s joe, maybe it’ll be closer to finding out exactly what the community really wants (national supermarket or local market or..) and getting it.

News from Panama: The Barro Blanco project bulldozes ahead.



Check out a good introductory piece over at Intercontinental cry about imminent evictions of Ngäbe communities caused by the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project. 

The 29 MW dam, built by a Honduran-owned energy company, Genisa, received funding from three development banks: the Dutch FMO, the German DEG, and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CBIE). The project was approved by the Panamanian government without the free, prior, and informed consent of the affected indigenous communities, who now stand to lose their homes, their livelihoods, and their cultural heritage. (full article here)

Barro Blanco was at the centre of a tense highway standoff in 2012, which was followed by mass indigenous protests. The situation was diffused but is making news again (linked article is in Spanish) as Ngäbe leaders have asked the courts to annul an environmental impact assessment (EIA) they way was conducted without proper community consultation. An EIA is necessary for the project to go ahead. 


This nice commentary piece (in Spanish) has been making the rounds in social media, hopefully taking the political debate in Panama to the next level.

Los Despojados is a series of six short films on land struggles in Central America. Watch them here.

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