RECENTLY ON TOL:
- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
I mentioned in a response to another post that it is called an "economic" issue, as you also say, but it's not - it's disregard. I am in no way suggesting that all must remain stagnant. The neighborhoods in question were in serious need of development. But if we cared at all about the existing communities, we could have made it a priority that the urban renewal plan would have helped them to stay. There was none of that. Lots of public funding went into improving the neighborhoods, so we had a responsibility to using that public funding in a way that was fair to all, with priority given to the people already living there.
To your final point, this show is not really mocking. It's a showcase of cuteness, and that's completely fine. I am a bike-riding, vegetarian (unless the chicken comes with papers!), eco-friendly, belonged in a band, etc., etc., like the others this show is about, so I definitely don't "hate" those things about Portland. I just have trouble with the fact that the show does seem to suggest that the people in this show ARE Portland, which is very exclusionary.
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