Tag: Portland

On Leaving Portland

 

Some of you know, but many may not, that @1967mustangman and I have left Portland, OR, for the greener pastures of Dayton, OH. While there are many things about Portland I miss (the food, Mustang’s family, my coworkers, the food, the mountains, the food…) it surprised me what a sense of relief I felt as we left the city limits. Driving a 22-foot diesel moving van was a learning experience — one which required asking @davecarter many questions on Facebook — but actually driving across this beautiful country helped remind me that there is life outside the dreary angst that progressives have created in Oregon. Wyoming and Nebraska were especially beautiful.

Perhaps the most noticeable difference is the lack of homeless people in Dayton. The winter weather is fairly inhospitable for living on the streets, and Dayton doesn’t really cotton to having homeless hanging out on street corners. Since we moved here, I have seen maybe four people asking for money on street corners. This is in stark contrast to the tent cities of Portland, where vagrancy is not only tolerated but accepted and supported. Because of that permissiveness, the freeways and under bridges are littered with trash, making the city look like a cross between Idiocracy and District 12 from The Hunger Games. Lest anyone think the homeless are harmless, I would invite you to read this, where the victim in question is my own sweet husband. To be fair, Ohio does have some of the highest heroin use in the country, but serious efforts are in place to stop the influx of drugs by the cartels. Meanwhile, at my hospital in Portland, a patient who denied any street drug use finally owned up to doing meth because, as he said, “I mean…everyone does a little meth…”

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On Friday, a 35-year-old white man named Jeremy Joseph Christian was arrested in the killing of two men and wounding of another aboard a TriMet MAX train in Portland, OR.  He is alleged to have harrassed two teenagers – one African-American and another wearing a hijab.  When three men intervened, the defendant is said to […]

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Michael Totten joins City Journal editor Brian Anderson to discuss the issue of homelessness in his hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Portland is often called the “City of Bridges” for the many structures that cross the city’s two rivers. Underneath many of those bridges are homeless encampments complete with tents, plastic tarps, shopping carts — and people.

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A current post describes how Portland schools are being used for leftist indoctrination: http://ricochet.com/portland-public-schools-bans-dissent-climate-dogma/comment-page-2/#comment-3331739 I mean, I knew Portland had a certain weirdness to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZt-pOc3moc Preview Open

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Hey, all, I’m going to be in Portland, OR on Saturday 8 August, and am planning to spend most of the afternoon at the Lan Su Gardens. This means that I’ll end up fairly close to Portland’s Chinatown. My first request is for anyone local to provide me with recommendations for their “favorite” restaurant(s) in […]

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Hey, all, I’m going to be in Portland, OR on Saturday 8 August, and am planning to spend most of the afternoon at the Lan Su Gardens.  This means that I’ll end up fairly close to Portland’s Chinatown. My first request is for anyone local to provide me with recommendations for their “favorite” restaurant(s) in […]

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Practicing Capitalism without a License

 

Uber is a classic disruptive technology. The ride-sharing app has revolutionized the moribund taxi cab business model by providing better service for a lower price. The Uber model is so new that existing taxi regulations by local governments are, in many cases, inoperative.

This upsets bureaucrats greatly. Who does Uber think they are to improve the lives of consumers and providers without getting government approval first? Exhausted at the wait for the city of Portland to rewrite its rulebook to allow the popular service, Uber launched today without the city’s blessing:

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Myth and Climate Video went viral today of Senate Candidate Mark Callahan being thrown out of the offices of Willamette Week during a candidate interview. As somebody who’s been thrown out of that office during a candidate interview, I fully sympathize with Rep. Callahan. In my case the folks at WW demonstrated their respect for […]

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