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Posted by paradox on 05/29/2015 at 6:17 PM

Re: “ANOTHER Cyclist Was Just Hit at SE Powell and 26th

Critical Mass.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Lt. Billiam Esquire III on 05/29/2015 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Pricing Out Portland's Artists

Wah! Artists keep getting shoved out of cool places. Sorry but this story is as old as art is. Being an artist or musician is hard. Nobody does it because it's a good career move, pays well, lots of security with a pension and insurance.
I'm a second generation artist. My late father was an artist, I'm an artist, (have been for over 40 years),my sister is a full time musician. Back in the late 1920s until WWII my father had studios in really crappy neighborhoods in Paris and in SoHo in NYC. No heat. No plumbing. I've been chased from one perfectly good ghetto to another by folks with fancy cars. I finally got smart and lived rough, really rough, for years so that I could save enough money to buy a tiny little house in the worst neighborhood in the city in the middle of the crack wars. So did my sister and a few of my art buddies. Young folks ask us how they can have places like ours in a cool hood. I've been telling them for over a decade to go buy places around 82nd ave, Lents, Clackamas, or better yet Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, Olympia etc. They look at me in disgust and say "Oh I would NEVER live in there."
So artists... Go out and find your own ghetto, buy a cheap dump next to a meth lab, start a coffee shop. Have a buddy start a bar. Get your friends to come hang with you and after 20 or so years of sweat equity you'll have a cool place of your own.

15 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jo Haemer on 05/29/2015 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Why'd A 16-Year-Old Kid Shoot Into a Crowd At Last Thursday? Someone Was "Eying" Him

Why not report on the history of violence at Last Thursday that Marcus Cooper has? He was convicted of a Felony for breaking into someone's home and beating them during a past event. I am wondering if his shananagans might be considered a parole violation:…

16 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by econoline on 05/29/2015 at 5:47 PM

Re: “For the Children

You promise?

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jerkica Jones on 05/29/2015 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Everything as Fuck

I lived in Longview a total of 30 years before moving here in '99. I need no excuse.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Magenta Galaxy on 05/29/2015 at 5:35 PM

Re: “ANOTHER Cyclist Was Just Hit at SE Powell and 26th

He ran a red light, apparently. This happens a lot on Powell. It's a commuter street and highway that has more pressure now that Division has been slowed down to one lane. It will get worse when Foster is slowed. I see someone run a red light at 50th and Powell nearly every day. The road has a meaningful downhill right before the light at 26th, too, which encourages poor driving choices. They should probably put in photo red light cameras at these two intersections. They also need blinking lights at the crosswalks between 26th and 39th on Powell. I stop for pedestrians at these and often you just can't see a pedestrian in time to make a safe stop so that they can cross. The flashing lights would give you more time and allow cars next to you when you do stop to know why you're stopped. It's easy to think they're just turning.

However, because this was a case of someone running a red light, it's not anymore a cycling issue than just a road safety issue. It could have been a car crossing or a pedestrian crossing and they still would have been hit. I've had several near misses as cars run the light at 50th and Powell and I start off immediately when it's green.

16 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by extramsg on 05/29/2015 at 5:31 PM

Re: “A Bigger Broom

Lose your job, end up homeless, THEN you go crazy. No privacy. Sleep deprivation. Not so much as a pot to piss in. Try it sometime. See how it goes.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Churchill Ladd on 05/29/2015 at 5:27 PM

Re: “ANOTHER Cyclist Was Just Hit at SE Powell and 26th

Seems like most of the angry activist cyclists here want all the rights and privileges of a pedestrian with none of the responsibilities of a vehicle operator. I can't count the number of times I've seen one of you bozos blocking traffic on major roads because you think you're a motor vehicle, only to cry like wittle babies when someone takes the slightest offense to your abuse of the law.

14 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Totalitariland on 05/29/2015 at 5:24 PM

Re: “ANOTHER Cyclist Was Just Hit at SE Powell and 26th

David, I'm not defending the driver in this accident at all. It's unfortunate that these accidents are what spur these discussions. That said, I think everyone is accountable for what's happening and we need to audit EVERYONE's behavior and encourage the city to create innovative solutions that don't favor specific groups. I'm sorry if that contradicts your philosophy and makes me a "nasty prick".

10 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Darin Fabrick on 05/29/2015 at 5:24 PM

Re: “A Bigger Broom

The kid in the park was not armed with a knife. He never threatened anyone with it. He was using the perfectly legal tool for a utilitarian purpose when the busy body next door to the park, went out of his way to harass him and then called the police under false pretenses. The kid only tried to explain, but cops never listen to reason. A complaint is all the justification the Joint Terrorism Task Force believe they need to shoot an innocent civilian.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Churchill Ladd on 05/29/2015 at 5:07 PM

Re: “ANOTHER Cyclist Was Just Hit at SE Powell and 26th

I think it's funny that cyclists never claim responsibility for anything. I drive all day for my job and yes, people in cars do stupid things about every 30 seconds or so. entitled cyclists driving on roads, on a grid designed for cars also running red lights and stop signs etc. Assuming that cars can just stop on a dime, especially a large truck, is just ignorant. I think instead of simply blaming the driver of the car, try being a little more open minded and realistic and maybe use better judgment as a cyclist, and ride as if every car is not going to see you or be able to stop. Expecting to be viewed as an equal on the road is just silly, you're not sharing the road with cars, they are trying to share it with you.

19 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Gordy Grey on 05/29/2015 at 5:04 PM

Re: “A Bigger Broom

Was Reister mentally stable? How do we know he committed suicide? Maybe he just thought it was a bean bag train?

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Churchill Ladd on 05/29/2015 at 5:02 PM

Re: “A Bigger Broom

...and to think I thought that nobody got it.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Churchill Ladd on 05/29/2015 at 4:58 PM

Re: “An Oatmeal Testimony

So I am confused did a ginger put his junk in some cuckolds oatmeal?

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by econoline on 05/29/2015 at 4:53 PM

Re: “ANOTHER Cyclist Was Just Hit at SE Powell and 26th

Darin, what is your problem? In all the cases in this story the driver was at fault. Those bike riders make your air cleaner and your roads less congested. Why are you on here just being nasty prick? Do you have anything constructive to say?

12 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by David Van De Veere on 05/29/2015 at 4:48 PM

Re: “ANOTHER Cyclist Was Just Hit at SE Powell and 26th

TheMercury should do better than passive-voice language like "a…cyclist was hit by a Jeep Cherokee," which discards any notion the driver might have been responsible for their actions. The driver of a Jeep Cherokee hit a cyclist. These things don't happen of their own volition.

As for drivers' education on cyclists, well, I learned to drive in Washington, but surely Oregon programs cover "red means stop"?

12 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Kane on 05/29/2015 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Three People Were Just Shot At Last Thursday—Or What Little Of It Exists This Month

Turns out it was a resident that led the chase that got the shooter. Makes more sense.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by altogetherPDX on 05/29/2015 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

"As an employee at one of said businesses that signed, I personally know we and many of our neighbors signed the petition to just make him go away." Seriously. This guy was just a jerk about approaching our business and basically refused to have reasonable patience or listen to any requests about when we were available and I'm sure he browbeat a number of people into signing it to make him go away.

"The businesses on NE Alberta, including bars and restaurants, which see much, much higher sales [on] Last Thursday have been extremely resistant to pay for anything."
NOPE. The business I work at consistently does less in sales on Last Thursday than on regular Thursdays. My guess from talking to other people who work on the street is that any extra money they make is outweighed by the many further expenses and risks of being open that day. As exemplified by a few bars deciding to close on last Thursday. Most of the workers on the street hate it and want it to go away. I've been working on Alberta for 12years now and it's always been awful but now there's this dumb romanticism of it. It sucks. End Last Thursday.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Albertaworker on 05/29/2015 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Who Runs This Place?

Master Blaster runs Barter Town.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by BooberMcDoober™ on 05/29/2015 at 4:13 PM

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