Jo Haemer 
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Re: “Trader Joe's Fallout: Housing Bureau Posts Plan for $20 Million in Anti-Gentrification Cash

Spindles- Actually most of the folks you refer to owned their own homes. They had for many decades. They were happy to sell and flee during the crack wars. The city encouraged the local industrial captains to build large cement buildings all along Miss. The city wanted the neighborhood to be all industrial. Most of those large buildings have been torn down and replaced with retail and apartments. Mississippi Commons is the last one left and has been greatly changed. Where the courtyard is was a loading dock. There was only one door in and no windows at all. By the time Gentrification started most respectable folks had left and mostly drug dealers and users were left. Those were the renters/ squatters.

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Posted by Jo Haemer on 01/26/2015 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Trader Joe's Fallout: Housing Bureau Posts Plan for $20 Million in Anti-Gentrification Cash

So I'm curious. the map shows the percentage of the African american population of inner North Portland in 2010.
Gentrification affects people of all colors. I'm white and have been low income for most of my adult life. I've lived in the Boise Elliott neighborhood for over 25 years. I moved there because I was forced out of first inner Northwest and then Corbett Lair Hill by gentrification. Will assistance be available to all residents or former residents of inner North Portland neighborhoods regardless of color? Will assistance be available to the families that I know who fled in the 80s and 90s to keep their children safe from gangs, prostitutes, pimps, thugs and drugs or only those forced to leave for economic reasons?

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Posted by Jo Haemer on 01/26/2015 at 12:03 PM

Re: “I, Anonymous

They are just trying to hide their double chins.

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Posted by Jo Haemer on 01/19/2015 at 7:07 AM

Re: “A Hollow Icon

As for moving Portlandia.... She will not work at ground level. Her anatomy was altered for best viewing from two stories below. Her heads about 10 percent smaller, her back is greatly elongated and her hand size reduced.
For the record I worked on her for several months during her assembly.

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Posted by Jo Haemer on 11/22/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “A Hollow Icon

In all fairness it would be nice if you all posted a pic of the original design by Mr. Graves. It looks nothing like the eventual result.
This is a perfect example of "Design By Committee". Much like the Edsel.
What we have today is a watered down version reworked to please the local politicians and built on the cheapest dime possible. No wonder it's a mess. The engineering issues were brought to the attention of the city as it was being built and ignored by the folks in charge. Many major permits were never taken out until after it was finished.
It should have been built as it was originally designed. At least it was interesting to look at.

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Posted by Jo Haemer on 11/19/2014 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Street Harassment

My favorite from "back in the day" when I was still a hottie....
"I'd sure like to get into your pants."
"Oh! Why? Did you just shit in yours?"

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Posted by Jo Haemer on 06/20/2013 at 1:20 PM

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