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Old 01-07-2015, 07:23 PM
 
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Well stated. The cities of today seem to have a large dis-inviting element among their populace. Portland of the sixties was a neat place with a huge racial/economic diversity that created the little enclaves of affordable housing and working class neighborhoods that university kids found to be an inviting choice for living. Older whites were leaving the city, and the old homes were now in the poor section of town, and affordable for those college kids.

Unfortunately, those same kids grew up and went on to making a ton of money, which they promptly utilized in the effort to gentrify and destroy the very thing they "discovered" in their youth. Today these old neighborhoods are every bit as exclusive as those in the posh burbs of their parent's day. The young and hip strolling along the Ave with their kids, sporting their ripped jeans and North Face jackets are being every bit the snobs they once felt a revulsion for. Urban irony..

Portland still has some of it's old charm, but it's slowly giving way to a new upscale crowd of entitled types who openly disdain those of the working class while happily exploiting them to rebuild their high end homes and repair their high end cars. This scene is being played out across America, no longer will we see a city as the melting pot of cultures and interests, it's reminiscent of the Who's lyrics, when I see these hipsters of the new order I can't help but think----"Meet the new boss".
If I were to pick an American city that invokes the warmest feelings, it wouldn't be portland, or seattle, or Boston, or Austin, etc. it would be New Orleans. Take a stroll around the French quarter. You don't see gap stores, Apple stores, or Victoria's secret. You don't see gentrified fancy coops of people wearing north face. What you see are ordinary folks, from all walks of life, being themselves in this beautifully preserved historic area. They are just living it. Often a lot of these people have deep roots in that part of louisiana. The 1930s trolley still runs along st. Charles blvd. many neighborhoods are sort of gritty, but with a healthy working class vibe. It is a very american city.

Much of this is due to the lack of gentrification in a city that doesn't bring high end jobs. Ironically, it preserves the charm of the big easy.
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:03 PM
 
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If I were to pick an American city that invokes the warmest feelings, it wouldn't be portland, or seattle, or Boston, or Austin, etc. it would be New Orleans. Take a stroll around the French quarter. You don't see gap stores, Apple stores, or Victoria's secret. You don't see gentrified fancy coops of people wearing north face. What you see are ordinary folks, from all walks of life, being themselves in this beautifully preserved historic area. They are just living it. Often a lot of these people have deep roots in that part of louisiana. The 1930s trolley still runs along st. Charles blvd. many neighborhoods are sort of gritty, but with a healthy working class vibe. It is a very american city.

Much of this is due to the lack of gentrification in a city that doesn't bring high end jobs. Ironically, it preserves the charm of the big easy.
I love New Orleans too, though there's plenty of touristy chain stores just on the edge of the French Quarter along the riverfront and the Quarter itself is very gentrified/tourist area that's full of rich transplants--and there's a lot of gentrification these days in other neighborhoods with the same sorts of transplants that come to places like Portland(Garden District, Fauborg Marigny, etc). A lot of people left after Katrina as well and now the city is getting too expensive in other parts. So it's not like New Orleans is immune to what's going on in other cities either, though it does maintain to have a lot of it's historic charm still.
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:15 PM
 
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Man, - a lot of you guys are a bunch of whiners and glass half empty types. For crying out loud - stop with the BS.

"Geez- There is $ coming into our town and making things worth more. Ohh noo."

Holy crap - what do you want? Detroit?? You can get a house cheap there - Go for it.

It is tiring to read the hysterical, end of world as we know it, clap trap streaming forth on this Portland site some days.

The world has more wealth, food, is safer, and less sickly that at any time in history. You live in a very nice city and probably have a lifestyle that 99.9% of the planet envies. Yet you sit on the computer and talk about how some other group is "destroying this" and "wrecking that."

Grow up.
Nice post. Consise. Not a bit of passive aggressiveness in sight! Is this the Portland forum?
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:03 AM
 
Location: bend oregon
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theres houndreds of people living in tents or on the street, people living with roomates they dont like and jobs they hate.
theres people killing them selves.

thats why people are moving to mars in a few years. you dont live as long because of radiation but its a working city.

portland is ok though compared to a lot of cities.
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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theres houndreds of people living in tents or on the street, people living with roomates they dont like and jobs they hate.
theres people killing them selves.

thats why people are moving to mars in a few years. you dont live as long because of radiation but its a working city.

portland is ok though compared to a lot of cities.
What?
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Old 01-08-2015, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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If I were to pick an American city that invokes the warmest feelings, it wouldn't be portland, or seattle, or Boston, or Austin, etc. it would be New Orleans. Take a stroll around the French quarter. You don't see gap stores, Apple stores, or Victoria's secret. You don't see gentrified fancy coops of people wearing north face. What you see are ordinary folks, from all walks of life, being themselves in this beautifully preserved historic area. They are just living it. Often a lot of these people have deep roots in that part of louisiana. The 1930s trolley still runs along st. Charles blvd. many neighborhoods are sort of gritty, but with a healthy working class vibe. It is a very american city.

Much of this is due to the lack of gentrification in a city that doesn't bring high end jobs. Ironically, it preserves the charm of the big easy.
If Hurricane Katrina wasn't the Holy Mother of All Gentrification Projects then I don't know what gentrification means...
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Old 01-08-2015, 09:58 AM
 
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thats why people are moving to mars in a few years. you dont live as long because of radiation but its a working city.
Dude, did you watch Total Recall last night?
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:05 AM
 
Location: bend oregon
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What?
i guess it wont be a city on mars but a small town, i would love to live there because it would be nice to get away from the one world order thing that is probably going to happen.
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:06 AM
 
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Dude, did you watch Total Recall last night?
no but i was watching mass effect 2 on youtube.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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i guess it wont be a city on mars but a small town, i would love to live there because it would be nice to get away from the one world order thing that is probably going to happen.
Okay......well let us know when you move to Mars.....
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