commented on The Atlantic's Written a Tough Article on Portland's Housing Crisis
As I have said here before, hating Californians because your rent is too high is about ten IQ points stupider than hating Mexicans because your job doesn't pay enough. I'm certainly glad to be vindicated by The Atlantic, though I would have thought this information too obvious to need seconding.
Your package of renters' rights—or rather complete lack thereof—is, and was always, a recipe for an unstable rental market. That bomb has been sitting there ticking for a long time.
And here's San Francisco:
SF: OMG WE NEED MORE HOUSING
DEVELOPER: Hey, I think I'll build some
SF: OH NO YOU DON'T
As disastrous as this model has proved, Portland seems bent on imitating it. If you want a Portland that somewhat resembles the Portland you love, density is what you need, and some new apartment buildings are what it looks like. If you want an ultra-precious, cutesy-poo mini-Frisco that virtually no one can afford, surrounded by a dismal Orange County of sprawl, keep it up with the NIMBYism.
Seeing this stupid nativism from Republican hicks in Georgia is par for the course. Seeing it from progressives in Portland who've done such a superb job of urban planning so far is depressing on a personal level, and also depressing because it is pretty much guaranteed to make the problem worse.