To be fair, kicks and giggles are pretty damned awesome.
You leave Gresham alone!
It's really too bad the no-kill shelter won't trap-and release stray hipsters after spaying or neutering them. Euthanasia always seems a little extreme to me.
Blabby, where've you been?? Seems like ages since I last saw you comment.
Yeah but there's a growler filling station in the lobby, aren't you envious?
I wonder if the average Burnside 26 resident is at all concerned with supporting local businesses..... nah
Close call for whitey! Thank goodness the Arts Tax put target shooting back into the Physical Education curriculum
It takes two to notice that someone's staring
Eyes are violence when living in a mine
I'm interested. How much?
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.
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:
I lived in Longview a total of 30 years before moving here in '99. I need no excuse.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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