There's an estimated 3 1/2 million more people moving to the Portland Metro area in the next 20 years. (for perspective: we currently haven't broken a million) The old Portland some of us grew up in is in its final gasps of life…the death rattle is most definitely upon us. It's gone and there's nothing any of us can do about it…but this does not mean that those of us who don't like this new city can't complain, or lament, or even get angry. Hell, we're witnessing the death of a loved one…nay, the MURDER of a loved one. But, in the end, everything changes… I'm sure those who grew up in the 1950's lamented the change the 60's brought…those in the 80's likely hated the 90's and so on. It's just hard to witness this type of change firsthand, ya know? The sterilization of it all…the "fancy" new places with high prices and rude people… the traffic, the overcrowding…high rent…etc. For me, the negatives far outweigh the positives, but whaddya gonna do? The saddest part is that new arrivals will actually think this current Portland is what this city's always been: "Oh wow, the rumors were true… this really is an adult trust fund baby's playground!"
Portland's Done Bit The Dust
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