Jo Haemer 
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Re: “Pricing Out Portland's Artists

Churchill Ladd- "In San Francisco and Los Angeles, musicians don't get paid at all, rather, they must audition at each club for the privilege of paying to play."
My sister is a professional singer. It's her day job. When she goes to SF and LA she gets paid to sing. When I was touring as a guitar picker I got paid to play not just here but all over including Paris and London. You think Thomas Lauderdale, Mel Brown, Sam Henry, Lewie Longmire, Nancy King, Three Leg Torso, Everclear, Storm Large, Becky Kilgore, etc. ( all local folks, I could go on forever), pays to play? Uh no.
If you are any good at being a musician or an artist you will get paid.

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Posted by Jo Haemer on 05/30/2015 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Pricing Out Portland's Artists

Anatta- You said "I love artists. (I am one, even though I no more expect to be paid for it than anything else I enjoy.)"
You made a statement that drives other folks and me who make their living from the arts crazy.
I'm lucky that I was raised by a professional artist. I grew up with the concept that making art is work. Often very hard work, and that we should get paid real money to do it. I don't wait for the creative muse to move me. I can't afford it. I have bills to pay.

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Posted by Jo Haemer on 05/30/2015 at 12:51 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.

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Posted by Jo Haemer on 05/29/2015 at 5:48 PM

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

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