I remember when NE/N Portland had a larger Hispanic and African American and Filipino community. Im a person of color. That was before the mass migration of the GENTRIFIERS that wrecked and pushed out the communities of color. Im a native and was raised here. Ive lived in practically every part of the city. Yes Portland appears homogenous. But to natives who know the city, there are pockets of ethnic culture. You just have to be clued in to where they are now. Real ethnically acculturated citizens DO NOT PATRONIZE WHITE WASHED POK POK>whose cuisine was co opted by a white chef to serve to the whitwashed clueless masses , who have no idea what authentic SE Asian street food is really like. There is a THAI place across from it on SE Division thats ACTUALLY RUN BY A THAI family. Unfortunately, they too will have to make room for the PORTLANDIA HIPSTERS THAT HAVE ALL BUT RUINED THIS PLACE. THE DREAM OF THE '90s DIED WITH THEIR INFLUX. If the whitewashed masses want an ethnic authentic experience, they need to travel toward the EAST. From 82nd down or farther NORTH to ST. JOHNS.. Thats where you find color. This place has gotten so overcrowded with AFFLUENT CONDO REFUGEES that I want to flee. Flee the city I love and was raised in. The flatulent ramblings of Ian Carmel do little to educate and elucidate on Portlands spoilage and whitewashing. Once upon a time, ALBERTA, KILLINGSWORTH was the hood. Now its just another of a number of overpriced ubertrendy districts. Theres too many people here, bringing the same hubris and garbage they fled other places to escape. That is sad. PORTLAND has been turned into another dirty, grimey, graffitti infested city. Its been mercilessly Calfornicated and Condified by greedy land developers and clueless policy makers that rolled out the red carpet for this riffraff to invade(Thanks former Mayor ADAMS!). As for criticizing its white history, Portland is no different from any other homogenous metropolis that shares that history. But Portland stood out for many reasons, the ability of its people to progress and change the city by fighting for core values of livability, responsibility and stewardship. Thats why Portlanders, not Portlandians, fight to protect and speak out on her behalf. Most of us are not racist and resent the presumptous assumptions of haters like Ian Karmel. If its too white, its because they dont live in a diverse universe and choose not to venture fruther out from their trendy whitewashed neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the greedy , opportunistic , haters and spoilers are winning. Portland is being transformed into a city of haves with no room for the have nots. A city of self entitled whiners , just like any other major metropolis in America. Ive been to Detroit, SanFancisco, New Orleans, etc.. but I always loved coming home, to Portland because it was green, polite and peaceful. But that time is past. Now, Thats tragic.
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