just like Master P in 1996
Meanwhile, over at The Other Weekly, the task of writing a (waaaay too long) story about a douchey, cynical Portland transplant of limited talent and unlimited self-regard somehow fell to Martin Cizmar.
It's also accepted practice to laugh at/ignore people pathetically mewling for a Public Recognition of Pedantry Medal.
@euphonious, Agreed. It's a silly waste of money for something I've never heard a soul actually advocate for. If you want to use a bike, buy a bike. There is a decent bike for virtually every budget. If you want to rent a bike, there are a dozen convenient places to rent one. There will be no net gain in people coming to Portland because we have bike share while some other city doesn't.
@Louise, no it doesn't. If anything, the city needs to encourage the construction of new homes that are energy efficient and seismically sound.
ADD: I know I sound fatalistic (and condescending!) about all this, but let me be constructive (and condescending!):
1. The battle for this neighborhood is lost. Find a new working class(ish) neighborhood to preserve.
2. Start building and strengthen the biggest coalition of home and business owners you can BEFORE the rich people decide they like that area.
3. Make sure the politicians know about your coalition and find it useful to them.
4. Get rules/laws passed that actually make it difficult for rents to rise or for homes to be partially or wholly demolished for new development.
5. You've done it, Judge! You've saved the fabric of a neighborhood!
Want to bet what happens? I bet your new neighbors are all for trees and preservation and neighborhood character.... right up until it's time to pass rules/laws that actually would restrict what they do with the property they own. You know, the property they could sell to rich folks/developers for three times what they paid for it. Get out of debt, pay for their kids college, pay for a nice retirement condo, fund their retirement, etc. I predict that before you achieve item 4, you'll have learned exactly how many people truly care about fabric that isn't green.
This is some Grade A wind-pissing, Judge. The owner sold the house. The lot is going to be developed. Everything north of Broadway between MLK and I-5 will continue to gentrify in this way. Many people will be completely fine with it, many people will complain about it. It's not a global tragedy, it's obviously part of a cycle repeating endlessly in cities and always has winners and losers. It's how cities renew themselves, and it's invariably not pretty to the displaced.
Complain about the unfairness or collateral damage all you want, but it's not going to change anything. Power only respects power. Either get busy acquiring some to put toward your goals, or you will only have a lot of impotent whining ahead of you.
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