Portland – Whitest City in America!
Over at the Washington Post, writer Blaine Harden writes a great article about genetrification and the whiteness of Portland and Seattle. According to this article, both Portland and Seattle are losing their traditional black neighborhoods to gentrification. The article is very well rounded and having read it twice, I can’t get a specific angle from the author, so I say well done. A couple of items I’ll throw out for discussion:
Census figures suggest that blacks in Seattle and Portland have not been displaced into homelessness or that they are economically worse off in the suburbs than they were downtown. In many cases, housing in the suburbs is newer, schools are better and crime is lower.
“Many of the white liberals who condemned white flight are just as angry at the white folks who are moving back into the cities,” Dan Savage, editor of the Stranger, an alternative weekly in Seattle.
“Finally, the African American community is able to make the same choice about where it’s going to live as the white community,” [former Seattle mayor] Rice said. “They are choosing to move. Is that bad or not? Stay tuned.”
and finally, from Portland activist Charles Ford:
Ford began ruminating about the price — and the profit — he might be able to get for his house, which he has owned since 1968 and which sits on a fine corner lot near a fixed-up city park. “I have said I would never sell,” Ford said. “But who can resist these prices?”
I wonder what kinds of comments I’ll get from this post…… Dicussion open.
Thanks Mercury blogtown for the heads up.