Local landlord industry group MultiFamily NW held its glitzy annual ACE Awards tonight, and nattily dressed property management folks were breathless in anticipation for categories such as "Single-family Property Manager of the Year (Any Size Portfolio)" and "Renovated Property of the Year ($1 Million+)."
But whoops! Housing crisis.
As hopefuls arrived at the Portland Art Museum, they were bombarded by a few dozen demonstrators with the group Portland Tenants Unite, who shamed anyone who walked past with bullhorns and taunts. Low-paid museum security guards to highfalutin rent gougers—no one was spared derision.
Local gadfly Charles Johnson asked me for a cup of water. PTU leader Margot Black handed out a host of fake awards: "Biggest Rent Increase," "Most Dramatic No-Cause Eviction," and "Top Crisis Profiteer" (which went to mom and pop landlords). And a whole lot of people walked into what must have been a sumptuous dinner with bemused and awkward grins plastered to their faces.
You wanna see tweets? I've got tweets.
Lots of fancily dressed folks grinning as they walk into the Portland Art Museum to this. pic.twitter.com/xuHkw7bEzj— Dirk VanderHart (@dirquez) May 27, 2016
Some MultiFamily guy was trying to film protestors back and had his phone swatted from his hand. Wound up fine.— Dirk VanderHart (@dirquez) May 27, 2016
Man. I bet the food inside this landlord gala is primo. Gotta figure an open bar too, right? pic.twitter.com/YX4nNChCOb— Dirk VanderHart (@dirquez) May 27, 2016
Just a guess: not what these people expected they'd arrive to. pic.twitter.com/ssrs26zKG5— Dirk VanderHart (@dirquez) May 27, 2016
"Wipe that smile off your faces! The housing crisis is not a joke!" pic.twitter.com/uEYtPBlmcw— Dirk VanderHart (@dirquez) May 27, 2016
Props to the landlord dude with the vape pen arguing w protestors. Strong vaping.— Dirk VanderHart (@dirquez) May 27, 2016