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first time actually having lunch out on the park blocks. 
man, portland’s so european.  not only is there easy, direct public transit from the airport to downtown, but there’s a median/boulevard park as well.
Why are there so little black people in Portland?

Bleeding Albina: A History of Community Disinvestment, 1940-2000
by Karen Gibson, PSU, 2007. [PDF]

my summary of the 20pg academic article:

  • Oregon was a Klan state. very prejudiced, white.
  • WWII got black people out to Portland to work at shipyards (also SF, Oakland, LA, San Diego).
  • after the war, Portland didn’t build housing or create other jobs for blacks, so they were pretty much stranded.
  • the wartime temporary housing got flooded, so blacks moved/crowded into the Albina district (North Portland)
  • there was a time when middle-class blacks could afford home ownership, but it wasn’t legal
  • bankers/realtors/discriminatory lending practices prevented blacks from owning homes, or getting loans to rehabilitate their homes. scam loaning companies also swindled lots of people. (ex. families thought they bought the house, then later they wanted to sell it and move, only to find out the contract never gave them ownership)
  • redlining didn’t allow blacks to move elsewhere. white flight.
  • construction of the Emanuel Hospital, the Memorial Stadium, and the freeways destroyed hundreds of homes and displaced residents. worse: plans to construct a VA hospital, razed a lot of homes, but federal funding dried up and it was never constructed. all that was left was vacant lands and unfulfilled promise of jobs.
  • crack epidemic (LA gangs came up to sell at higher prices) and bad economy. housing in worse condition. last part of the “devalorization” cycle.
  • media (Oregonian) did a series on the predatory lending practices in Albina. state attorney general investigated the scam loan companies. 
  • the City of Portland moved ownership of the vacant properties to nonprofits. the PDC (portland development commission) was really nice to white people and gave them loans and grants to move in. but the younger white people didn’t have a good attitude; they didn’t want to become a part of the existing residents.
  • realtors marketed Alberta Street, a black business corridor, as the “Alberta Arts District”. white businesses replace black businesses. gentrification.


also: Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? portlandoccupier, 28.11.12.

made it back to PDX! 
a couple girls make the MAX (light-rail) their jungle gym while waiting to depart the airport.
spent pretty much all day yesterday in front of a computer monitor adding points to a map.
so lame that psu didn’t let me waive gis, which i had already taken in undergrad. (maybe i just suck at negotiating and getting what i want.) at least now I could get hired by a bikeshare company??
you can still add your desired locations of future bikeshare stations in Portland here, or vote for locations.
portland pedal power delivering bagels to OCOM on nw couch st., 14.03.14.
bikeyface: fair weather, 21.11.12.
had a good week with some sun and highs of 60°F (15C) in PDX. 
but it might rain a little today (though I hope it won’t). before another few days of sun. 
I think I’ve finally identified a general weather pattern in PDX:
few days (like at least 4) of rain. then one day sunshine. followed by another stretch of rain.
few days (max 6 or so) of sun, no rain. then rain again before a couple more sunny days.
or few days of rain for only some hours of the day, then like 20mins of sun. for a while.
you rain too often

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.

» 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.

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