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Re: “How to Fight for Portland

When comments like "Hoyt Street Properties all but ignored their affordable housing goal" crop up in otherwise well-reasoned articles like this, it becomes very, very hard to take any of this seriously. Have you read the development agreement? Affordable housing requires availability of local resources, not just the will of the developer. Falling just short of a goal is not the same as ignoring the goal.

The recent reaction to the affordable requirements in the Pearl is all about the City feeling embarrassed by the local press when asked to defend production in the Pearl. They never acted on the property purchase provision because everyone had continued to work in good faith to make things happen Now, the City owns a property and they get to go it alone. Bravo! Here comes an affordable housing project that will need to be subsidized at $250,000 a door (see Gray's Landing) and which will be built with the City's purchasing rules.

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Posted by pdxMB on 06/18/2015 at 8:55 AM

Re: “How to Fight for Portland

Kick out all the transplants!! DUH!!!!! All these problems boil down to 1 thing.
People who arent from here, and dont belong here, are moving here, writing laws and making changes to turn Portland into LA2.0.
That is EXACTLY why we kicked the Bagwan out.
No California is doing the same thing.
Stop allowing outsiders to change our home.

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Posted by Mike Scott DeRusha on 06/18/2015 at 6:49 AM

Re: “How to Fight for Portland

I'm just going to throw mud at Tyler Hurst.

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Posted by Aestro on 06/18/2015 at 2:03 AM

Re: “How to Fight for Portland

When I moved to portland I was the only one with white shoes. Now every other person downtown wears them and everything else about their clothing is very unportlandish... well I learned the hard way come rainy season why no one wears white shoes around here.

Aside from waiting for the rain to wipe the smiles off their tourists faces I just got a ninja turtle hat and now that I am free of being couped up in a lab for the summer, after a very dirty day of work I am going to flaunt myself and all my dark colored portland hiking gear clothing with my entirely unmatching bright green ninja turtle hat all around downtown so they know where they are at.

whos with me? It's okay I'm used to going at it alone....

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Posted by egazzola on 06/17/2015 at 7:23 PM

Re: “How to Fight for Portland

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

This was a much-needed article. I'm sure it has given hope to many of us who are being alienated by the nonchalant attitudes about gentrification. Thank you too for opening the floor for conversations about solutions. We can lament it all and be depressed, or we can do something about it. We need solutions!

I also applaud the Mercury for having the balls to tackle gentrification. I've been really impressed lately by your work around this difficult subject and I'm so glad you're doing it. Another reason why I think the Mercury is a much better rag than the Willamette Week! Cheers!

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Posted by TheOnlySanePersonInTheWorld on 06/17/2015 at 4:44 PM

Re: “How to Fight for Portland

Re: rent control - at the first inkling of any talk of rent control, we would see enormous increases in rents ahead of a bill passing (which would take quite a while). Then, you would be ok with these levels being "locked in"? All arguments aside that rent control ends up being a net negative as many believe it is in other cities, I don't see how it is going to help if we are already at levels deemed way "too damn high".

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Posted by JTR on 06/17/2015 at 4:09 PM

Re: “How to Fight for Portland

- "we run the risk of further stratifying the upper, lower, and middle classes into completely separate communities" - Agree on this one as it relates to strategies that encourage some portion of affordable housing stock being important. ....BUT, this identified risk is in essence exactly what all of these extreme anti development people are asking for when they shun the idea of new development in close-in Portland and/or more well-to-do people wanting to buy homes close in. If all of this interest and investment/development that they hate so much stopped and nobody cared to live in close-in Portland, we would see a continual decay of the infrastructure, support for local businesses, schools, etc....but hey, the rent would be a little lower!! (on that decaying 150 year old rental studio of yours that you landlord is uninterested in keeping up, that is)!! You can't just hit pause on the way life was in '95...an aging city requires new $ sources from development type investors and homeowners who can invest in upkeep of older homes if it is to remain viable.

- Hoyt meeting 30% of its 35% affordable housing goal was pretty damn good if you ask me, and certainly not "all but ignoring".

- point 3 - right on, and about the most sane thing I have seen written toward the topic.

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Posted by JTR on 06/17/2015 at 3:52 PM

Re: “How to Fight for Portland

Who do we hold responsible for these potential land-grabbing shenanigns?
http://portlandobserver.com/news/2015/may/…

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Posted by pdxdirect on 06/17/2015 at 2:28 PM

Re: “How to Fight for Portland

I hate the idea of rent control. They own the house, and should be able to do whatever they want with it. If you want a house, buy your own. Don't force a rule that says they have to share with you, just because they have one and you don't.

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Posted by Reymont on 06/17/2015 at 2:22 PM

Re: “How to Fight for Portland

How does Columbia Villa fit in this conversation? Can we just build more Columbia Villas? Or is that below a waiter's standards? Both sides need to give because everybody wants it for wholesale these days.

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Posted by lazaar on 06/17/2015 at 1:41 PM

Re: “How to Fight for Portland

Great article- thanks!

I think we need a statewide initiative against AirBnB, Vacasa etc. Houses are for residents- hotels are for tourists. Not vice versa!

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Posted by Reverend Bite Me on 06/17/2015 at 1:31 PM

Re: “How to Fight for Portland

Also:

Overturn ORS 91.225, the state law that prohibits rent control in Oregon.

Overturn ORS 653.017, the state law that prohibits local governments from setting their own minimum wages.

Bring back the Homeowners' and Renters' Refund Program, which was killed off by Measure 5.

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Posted by albert on 06/17/2015 at 1:22 PM

Re: “How to Fight for Portland

"Hoyt Street Properties all but ignored their affordable housing goal" is an interesting way of saying that 30% of the units built were affordable instead of 35%.

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Posted by maccoinnich on 06/17/2015 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Queers in Comedy

You're right, those TWO gay comics are lovely and strong to break through dominant culture. I'm guessing you couldn't name many gay comics after that, which is what began this whole inquiry. BTW come see me open for James Adomian on June 18th at the Doug Fir! Did I respond to your comment or promote myself, NO ONE KNOWS! #seemless #selfpromopro http://www.dougfirlounge.com/event/828927-…

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Posted by Bri Pruett on 06/16/2015 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Even Churches Can Evolve

All I can say is no wonder God warned us about U
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
Acts 20:29-31

All I can say is no wonder God warned us about U
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
Acts 20:29-31

The Spirit says clearly that some people will abandon the faith in later times; giving heed to deceiving spirits and teachings of devils. 1 Timothy 4:1

“‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable Leviticus 20:13
“‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
Leviticus 18:22
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Romans 1: 28-32

I give no quarter to one who says they speak for God yet leads people down the road to rebellion against God and what God proclaimed. God is immutable and He did not change his mind because society did and Satan wants people confused about what sin is. God had Moses and Paul go to little description as to the specifics of what a sin was, with the exception of homosexuality and sexual misconduct. This is very well defined as to what constitutes exactly that SIN. An abomination or detestable act to God is a sin so gross to Him that he would destroy whole cities for it. Yet you teach people they don't have to turn from sin to repent by saying this abomination is not a sin. Well I am letting you know if you are that ignorant, willfully or accidentally through gross negligence to study to be a worthy servant of God that you have been informed and will stand without excuse for all the souls you are leading to hell with that message.

Ephesians 5:11
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

2 Timothy 4:3-4

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.


Galatians 1:6-9

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

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Posted by Scott Denard on 06/14/2015 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Even Churches Can Evolve

All I can say is no wonder God warned us about U
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
Acts 20:29-31

The Spirit says clearly that some people will abandon the faith in later times; giving heed to deceiving spirits and teachings of devils. 1 Timothy 4:1

“‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable Leviticus 20:13
“‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
Leviticus 18:22
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Romans 1: 28-32

I give no quarter to one who says they speak for God yet leads people down the road to rebellion against God and what God proclaimed. God is immutable and He did not change his mind because society did and Satan wants people confused about what sin is. God had Moses and Paul go to little description as to the specifics of what a sin was, with the exception of homosexuality and sexual misconduct. This is very well defined as to what constitutes exactly that SIN. An abomination or detestable act to God is a sin so gross to Him that he would destroy whole cities for it. Yet you teach people they don't have to turn from sin to repent by saying this abomination is not a sin. Well I am letting you know if you are that ignorant, willfully or accidentally through gross negligence to study to be a worthy servant of God that you have been informed and will stand without excuse for all the souls you are leading to hell with that message.

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Posted by Scott Denard on 06/14/2015 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Even Churches Can Evolve

Wrong on so many levels. You should NOT be a Reverend since you are leading people away from the truth. You will be held accountable.

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Posted by Adrianne Hope Dillon on 06/14/2015 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Even Churches Can Evolve

What those on the right just refuse to acknowledge is
1 legal marriage, a contract with government, does not equate to holy matrimony, a contract with God
2 A loving home will always be superior to no home, or the prison of verbal/physical abuse, alcoholism, etc.
When leaders, both political and religious, stop seeing equality as a threat to them, stop denigrating a family for looking different, perhaps the younger flock will follow again.

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Posted by Shane Algarin on 06/14/2015 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Queers in Comedy

"There aren't a lot of gay male figures [in comedy]..."

What about James Adomian? Guy Branum?

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Posted by Michael R Welch on 06/12/2015 at 1:50 PM

Re: “It's Hard Out Here for a "B"

And no we are not included. We would know.

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Posted by Lynnette MFadzen on 06/12/2015 at 7:40 AM

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