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on the way home today. se salmon/17th, portland.
yeah, weather here is still rainy and stormy.
you know you’re in a cool ‘hood when…
se clinton/26th, portland, or. 19.04.14. (also, filmed by bike festival here this weekend)
overly law-abiding asshole cyclists

worse than bad, disrespectful, law-dismissing drivers because one would not usually expect this sort of crap from cyclists?

5pm yesterday, heading downhill from SE Salmon (bike boulevard) toward downtown to go to campus (I had an evening class).

there’s this one awkwardly, possibly misplaced stop sign in the middle of the hilly stretch of SE Salmon. since I’m coming from uphill, i have a better view of the cross street, and there was no traffic as usual (small residential street, and four-way stop), so i just keep riding through the stop sign as usual…

except then a white guy in his 30’s wearing a helmet and sunglasses riding uphill the other way shocked me by yelling at me loudly, CAN YOU READ???

umm.. what?
hopefully my face looked confused enough that maybe he was thinking that I actually didn’t know english (i could be an asian exchange student who’s never seen a stop sign?!), as he restarted up the hill after he stopped at his stop sign.

but really, wtf??!

yeah, cyclists are the only group of people who self-regulate themselves so well they’ll call out fellow cyclists for blowing through red lights, etc., because they don’t want to be one of those “scofflaw cyclists”, to keep up a good image in order to get more bike infrastructure.

but this shit.. is just insulting.
like, this guy, does he insult people when they “jaywalk”?
if he drives, too, does he yell and honk at every driver who doesn’t use turn signals?

i don’t know but I can be pretty sure he’s never heard of the idaho stop nor know that the rules of the road for cars weren’t designed for bikes, or even thought about how that stop sign might be superfluous. (there are traffic circles on other intersections. that intersection could have had a traffic circle instead a stop sign, so you wouldn’t need to stop, only slow down).

PDX—not as bike-friendly as you’d think! as in other cyclists may not be friendly! and yeah, i’ll try to stay away from cycling during rush hour, to avoid road-raged cyclists who blast negativity at people.

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.
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