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Portland has a rich history of music. People, like you, who probably think Modest Mouse is pretty neat probably don't know about it. And, yeah, some of people who have been around for a long time (I.E Dead Moon, P.I, etc) deserve some respect because this city did have something to offer once aside from tapas, breweries and bike lanes. This city used to be interesting
Someone values your opinion enough to publish it. That needs to stop.
Yes, the city has changed, but it isn't anything specifically unique to Portland. Your real bitch is with the country's cities, cost of living and growing economy in general. And even more specifically, with the country-wide trend of people favoring close-in living. Every growing city is significantly more expensive than it was 5 or 10 years ago, and the increasingly technology enabled economy is largely the driver of this and the "pseudo intellectual jag offs" who have higher paying than average jobs and want to live close-in. It is ridiculous to think that some TV show on a boutique network like IFC had anything to do with Portland's changes. Nobody sees a shitty episode of portlandia and thinks "pack the damned bags".
Yes, change sucks 99% of the time, especially when it happens fast. People are being put in very difficult situations and the government needs to look for reasonable ways to increase our affordable housing stock and fast. This will only do so much for a lucky few, though. Let's not also lose sight of the fact that overall, the growth of the city, its production of higher paying jobs, the increased spending & tax revenue that brings, the investment in our many 100+ year close-in homes and other buildings that it drives......is all a net positive for the city over the long-term.
It blows that one can't live the "dream" on a bike messenger's salary in Portland anymore, but did you really think that was going to last forever in what was for a long time one of the last largely undiscovered (relative to SF, Seattle, LA) and well-located cities on the west coast? And no, it hasn't only been discovered because of the self-labeled creative class building this badass city that is now attracting all these filthy transplants. In reality, all the filthy transplants could care less about the band you were in in the mid-90's.....they move here for the growing food scene (which is supported by disposable income), beer and wine scene (also supported by disposable income), convenient and charm-filled close-in neighborhood layout, access to the outdoors, and - yes - relatively affordable rent and super affordable buying market compared to other major west coast cities. Yes, believe it or not, a $500k bungalow in a desirable neighborhood in PDX would be double to triple that in many areas of SF and even Seattle.
If you want to place blame, look toward the state and local government who didn't have the foresight to implement rent control in the 80's or 90's (although we all see how well that works in San Fran and LA on the whole!). Mostly though, blame a growing economy, technology, education, and the fact that "intellectual jag off" careers just happen to be well paying....and these Jagoff's happen to find the same parts of the country and same neighborhoods desirable as you. It really isn't that difficult to grasp, even if you put your ridiculous xenophobic conspiracy theories aside.