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June 4, 2019

When I wrote my February 1, 2018 blogpost on gentrification and sent out an email, it was one of my most popular posts, garnering a 40% click through rate. I don't send this blog to many people - just 50 or so. I aim at reaching decision-makers I have met here in the n...

April 14, 2019

I don't think this importance comes exclusively with age, so the term "older" to me is limiting. Children and adults need to be able to walk away from people and situations which are threatening to their physical and mental well-being.

And we all know the problems assoc...

March 29, 2019

The recent State cap on rent at 7% plus inflation which could be 2%, may be too little, too late. 

I hope not. 

— Research estimated that a 10.0 percent increase in rent leads to a 13.6 percent increase in the rate of homelessness. 

— High rents are to blame for the...

March 6, 2019

Today The Oregon Center for Public Policy published its research paper entitled, Oregon's Ultra-Rich Continue to Pull Away

Something to keep in mind when you stack commissions, committees and groups with supposed "stakeholders" and leave out residents, especially ren...

January 28, 2019

Some of us residents, mostly renters in affordable housing, took it upon ourselves, with the guidance and hard work of our neighbor Katherine Fischer, to conduct a survey of our neighbors, particularly those living near the soon-to-be-developed (we hope) Block 25. 

We a...

August 6, 2018

The above video features Project of Public Spaces (PPS) founder Fred Kent sharing his insights on comfort in public space, including why it matters, what to look for, and how to make it happen. Many of his examples in this video and accompanying article could...

July 12, 2018

Do you think that affirmative action means that too many people of color and women end up in positions they are not qualified for?

Do you believe that affirmative action undermines the merit system of hiring and promotion?

Or are you wearing the equity lens? 

– From the A...

July 1, 2018

Crime Stats, City of Portland, May 2017 to May 2018 with focus on crimes in Old Town Chinatown.

June 16, 2018

Blog post from Portland's Caring Community, Old Town Chinatown, asking for out of the box thinking, representation by those of us at the "bottom" in decision-making, and for our City staff and elected officials " to challenge and reform the rigid com...

June 12, 2018

Rev. Bill Kirlin-Hackett in this 2 minute video quote encourages throwing away the box and to focus on people. 

He notes what we all confront in our problem solving endeavors - silo and entrenched behaviors.  They are coupled with a lack of partnering; top down, rather...

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