The longer I live here, the more and more toxic Portland seems to me. Despite its so-called progressivism, it is not progressive. It is expensive. It is privileged. It is extremely inequal. The people are selfish, hateful, and uncaring. Everyone is angry. Traffic and congestion just keeps getting worse and worse. It is insular, exclusive, and unwelcoming. Just because a bunch of social maladroits take up the banner of progressivism does not make them truly progressive. True progressivism is based upon kindness, respect, good manners, and care for one's community. Portland has very little of this. This is progressivism for ME first out here. The thing Portlanders lack most is emotional intelligence. I don't care how many books you've read. If you can't treat your fellow human beings with basic decency and consideration, you are just as bad as anyone.
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