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Moore Michael M

I'm curious as to the reasoning behind your statement that low income minorities are being pushed to the city's margins "because of income, rather than race." All the evidence indicates to me that race plays a huge factor, and that Portland remains a bastion of white supremacy in which those white supremacist policies and practices are simply now more cloaked in order to avoid accountablity. It's no longer legal (nor, of course, politically correct) to establish where, for example, African Americans can and can't own property, as Portland did for over a century, but now it's common practice for African Americans to not be shown more desirable available units, to be quoted higher prices or not offered move-in incentives that white people are, or to be offered sub-prime mortgages when they would easily qualify for better rates. These kinds of practices have, it seems to me, even more to do with race than with income, though to be sure other, perhaps even more pernicious and systemic problems with Portland's housing policies are income-based. But given that these kinds of discriminatory practices (which extend beyond housing to employment, provision of health care, law enforcement and criminal justice policies, etc.) are the very factors that cause the income and wealth disparities of Portland's people of color, it becomes very difficult to separate the two factors. When a system is as perfectly designed as Portland's to maintain white hegemony by limiting opportunities for economic gain by people of color, implying that the issues of race and income can separated doesn't make much sense to me.


You know what jumps out at me in all these maps?

The whitespace, indicating areas with NO RESIDENTS. This shows:
- The effects of "Euclid-style" zoning;
- The scars from expressways;
- Parking lots;
- to a lesser extent, railroads and railyards
- to an even lesser extent, major factories

These white spaces are huge zones which are dead and dangerous at night. They are an urban design problem.

(There's a few false positives in the whitespace, like universities.)

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