|It's baseball season, and one player's|
pronouncement speaks to the activism
that beat down a bad bill.
Hopefully, the players behind HB2007—and the developers' lobby in the form of 1000 Friends of Oregon/Portland for Everyone (now so thoroughly co-opted they chime in on behalf of developers for _expansion_ of the urban growth boundary)—got their wake-up call.
Pouring money into the effort and the misinformation, just as they do in attacking neighborhoods' desire to become historic districts, their side did little more than name-calling because they didn't have any stats to back up the theory that building more leads to affordable housing. As we've seen in this construction boom, building more has led to a housing crisis, and in some areas near-complete displacement (read on).
So far on the ground level more and more of us have seen too much of the theory—dumping modest homes in the landfill, erecting luxe housing in its place—that it's hard to garner much sympathy for the desperate desire to create more "market-rate," "needed" housing. Really, we need a break.
Most Portlanders have well-developed BS detectors and—the testimony against HB2007 gives ample evidence—they are using them.
Now see this
|Cornelius Swart presents a screening of his newly|
completed Priced Out late last month at Billy Webb Elks
Lodge in Northeast Portland. Order a copy, chance into a
screening, or catch it on the festival circuit.
In her and others' wake the neighborhood's thoroughfares turned into walls of shiny apartments for the well-heeled. Priced Out takes a sharp look at the changes, with nuggets such as how the city dropped the ball on building hundreds of units of affordable housing and why there's that weird empty field next to Legacy Emanuel hospital. See the film, and understand.
If you thought we had learned the lessons of "Urban Removal" efforts from decades ago, this movie prompts a rethink.
|North Williams Avenue now|
While Sunday Parkways threatens not to stage rides because not enough volunteers have signed up as in the past, the city suddenly wants to talk about heritage and "historic resources" (emphasizing its commitment to "meaningful involvement"; as opposed to—?) and commemorate Portland's "Black Broadway." For the latter, the art will be wonderful and the irony delicious, considering the now unrecognizable North Williams Avenue (above) and the overwhelming shade of the population able to live there.