Trader Joe Non-Oppressed

This is why we can't have nice things.

The Portland African American Leadership Forum sent a blistering email to PDC leaders and Mayor Charlie Hales Wednesday demanding the urban renewal agency suspend the Trader Joe's development and all tax-increment-financed projects in the Interstate Corridor urban renewal area.

The lot is currently vacant and has been for years.

PAALF, established in 2009, is a group of African American leaders united around an agenda of equity in education, economic development, housing and health issues.

The Trader Joe's development will increase displacement of low-income residents and "increase the desirability of the neighborhood," for "non-oppressed populations," PAALF wrote.

PDC's board authorized selling the land, valued at $2.9 million last December, to Majestic Realty for just $502,160 last month. PAALF said the subsidized deal benefits "one of the richest families in the country."

Trader Joe's pulled out of the deal, so the really oppressed residents get to keep their 2.9 million dollar vacant lot vacant.

I guess no one thought that maybe some of the oppressed residents might get a job there and be able to improve their lives? Or that maybe the rising tide of an improved economy and more affluent residents might lift some of the more oppressed residents out of poverty?

Or maybe the community organizers got worried that maybe their captive population of disadvantaged people might get away and they'd end up having to get a real job?

Posted by: Howie at 12:03 PM


1 Let them wallow in their shared stupidity! I feel nothing for a large chunk of my "fellow citizens". FUCK 'EM!

Posted by: WVinMN at February 10, 2014 12:15 PM

2 So a while back a couple of honkeys, er wait- is the current term "crackers"?- wanted to build greenhouses on a vacant lot in an "African-American" neighborhood, whatever that is. (Sounds racist to me, but what do I know?). They wanted to hire some folks from the neighborhood to work in the greenhouses. But the "leaders" of the neighborhood decided they don't want no of them crackuhs hijacking they land...or something... and organized a protest, about something or other... (sounds like a bunch of racism, but what do I know)... anyways, almost 10 years later, the lot is still a garbage strewn shit hole, like the rest of the neighborhood.

Posted by: unPC at February 10, 2014 01:38 PM

3 I love it when racist "progressives" get their azz bit by their own racism.

Posted by: Kafiroon at February 10, 2014 08:01 PM

4 I'm not black, and I'm no social-justice-bleeding-heart. The only real problem I have with this is the 80%-off sweetheart deal the city gave. I just thought this lacked some context:

What good is it to the black community as a whole if this somehow employs, say, 30 people all from that neighbourhood (unlikely), but drives up the rent for 400 by $100 a month or more? (possible). Also: poor people don't shop at Trader Joe's, they will shop at the Safeway a half-mile away.

The fear of gentrification is not totally unfounded, as "young, moderately affluent hipsters who will overpay for housing in a 'good' location" is pretty much the target demographic of TJ's, and Portland is lousy with those types already.

Also keep in mind that Portland has a track record of "improvements" to black neighbourhoods that ended up closing black-owned businesses and driving black people out, so there is an understandable degree of bitterness.

Posted by: Guest at February 10, 2014 08:22 PM

5 Leave it to the Oregonians to designate the urban "food desert" as a protected habitat.

Posted by: Bright Eyes at February 11, 2014 12:20 AM

6 Isnt it Dems these days spewing doublespeak about 'work' being a bad thing ?? Seriously when the Revolution comes and these leftist co-conspirators have 'L's branded on their tongues for each of their many lies, some wont have much of a head left.

and H for hypocrit T for treason ... the stench of burnt flesh will circle the planet three times before it dissapates.

Wink the Wonder Cat so prophesizes....

Posted by: grentorfst at February 11, 2014 10:40 AM

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