'Portland is Being Reborn' is a bogus idea. Portland isn't being reborn for the better - at least not yet. There is no renaissance occurring because of the art or music scene's creativity.
For Portland to comeback as a city, the structure of city government needs to change. The city needs to spend it's money wisely to provide better services without needing additional tax money each election. Portland is overtaxed and underserved. No solution to the homeless crises is on the horizon. No solution to the empty office space downtown is on the horizon. Until Portland elects officials who spend more time doing and less time talking, Portland will remain a city where excuses for doing nothing outnumber the reasons for resolving Portland's problems.