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Thursday, September 3, 2009

NYT Gets Woofy On Pearl District Dogs

Posted by Matt Davis on Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 11:50 AM

NW Bureau chief Bill Yardley reports:

In the last year, the food safety division of the Oregon Agriculture Department has received more than 600 complaints about animals in food stores, and a disproportionate number of them have come from the Pearl District of Portland, an affluent, dog-passionate procession of newer condominiums and shiny retail shops at the edge of downtown.

There's some nice little sicky lines aimed at the Pearl District, too. Spot the thinly veiled editorializing (hint— I've put it in bold):
The Pearl District is a recently erected confection in a city often regarded as ahead of the curve in so-called New Urbanist thinking. Streetcars whisper by. Yoga is popular in Tanner Springs Park, described by a sign at its entrance as “a habitat garden created on reclaimed industrial land.” Dogs are not allowed in that park, but some owners let them run free at a dog park nearby, where the area’s developer, Hoyt, provides bags for poop and empties the trash cans that fill up quickly.

Enjoy. I especially liked the line about not making a fuss until the dogs "poop in the aisle."

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