Months after Portland took the first step in its long-shot appeal of Portland police officer Ron Frashour's reinstatement by an arbitrator, the Portland Police Association this week submitted a tart response that pokes the city for seeking a system that would let it arbitrarily "refuse to comply with any arbitration award in which the city loses."
The city, in its opening 82-page brief (pdf) with the Oregon Court of Appeals, filed in January, had argued that both an arbitrator and the Oregon Employment Relations Board erred in reinstating Frashour—fired in 2010 for shooting Aaron Campbell. City attorneys wrote that neither the ERB nor the arbitrator correctly applied an obscure 1995 state law that, the city argues, prevents arbitrators from violating "public policy" when making orders in deadly force cases.
The city says the law applies because the city ruled that Frashour violated city policies when he shot the emotional, unarmed Campbell in the back—believing, he later said, that Campbell was armed and reaching into his waistband for a gun.
Anil Karia, the PPA's counsel, answered that claim in a 63-page brief (pdf) filed Monday and since obtained by the Mercury.
The city suggests that if the arbitrator agrees with the city's conclusion that Officer Frashour violated city use of force policies, then the Arbitrator's award is consistent with public policy. But if the Arbitrator disagrees with the city and holds that Officer Frashour did not violate any city policy, then her award violates public policy because she did not defer to the city's decision. In other words, the city argues that it can make an incorrect disciplinary decision, one that might be motivated by political concerns or driven by an inadequate investigation, and that its decision must be upheld by an arbitrator. That can't be right.
For the PPA, the nitty-gritty of the rebuttal mostly starts and ends on one major point:
If arbitrator Jane Wilkinson had found Frashour guilty of misconduct but still reinstated him, the city might have a legal leg to stand on. But because Wilkinson cleared Frashour of misconduct and/or policy violations, pronouncing him "not guilty," Karia cites a case out of Deschutes County and says "the arbitrator's award reinstating Officer Frashour was enforceable on its face."
The public policy statute the city cites, SB 750, "is obviously designed for cases where the employee's misconduct has been accepted by an arbitrator," Karia writes, "yet the arbitrator has elected to mitigate the employer's discharge decision," Karia writes.
Contrast that to the city's argument, in its brief, that a contract calling for binding arbitration shouldn't get in the way of punishing cops who use excessive force: "It does not matter whether the parties agreed to submit the controversy to binding arbitration. [SB 750] reflects the Legislature's judgment that the public interest precludes a public employer from contracting away some responsibilities it owes to the public," Deputy City Attorney Harry Auerbach wrote. "The arbitrator did not give due deference to the interpretation and application by the city of Portland and its chief of police of the city's own policies regarding the use of deadly force by its police officers."
This same debate is playing out in the Legislature, or at least was playing out. SB 747, pushed by civil rights lawyers and accountability advocates Greg and Jason Kafoury, seeks to remove any mystery over the issue of whether police chiefs and mayors have the last word when it comes to deadly force discipline. That bill, however, remains stuck in committee.
And the appeal won't be decided any time soon.
Joe's Cellar, one of the better dives/diners in the NW 21st area, will close its doors this weekend after city officials deemed the building too dangerous.
According to an entry dated Thursday on the city's Portland Maps website, "the building is leaning out and the roof joists have separated from the wall so that the wall is no longer attached to the roof."
The bar is in full swing tonight, though.
"Sunday is the last hoorah," said bartender Sara Blanke, who answered the phone at Joe's this evening. "It's sad. We all just found out today."
Blanke said the bar will stay open through Sunday night. If you're a fan of Joe's Cellar, and don't require the walls to connect to the roof in your drinking holes, maybe stop in.
Every parent on the planet probably hates Portland comics-writing couple Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick—not only are they both talented and successful and great*, but they also somehow find the time to throw amazing birthday parties for their kids. Take the one that happened this past weekend, which was all over Twitter yesterday and hit io9 today: For their Godzilla-obsessed son's fifth birthday, they built a smashable city, then turned the kids loose. Here's a before shot, and here's a two-minutes-later shot.
For the record: This is what I'd like to have for my next birthday. More pictures here, where you can see that one of the doomed skyscrapers belonged to Bain Capital.
*And—conflict of interest alert!—both have been fantastic guests at Comics Underground, the quarterly comics event that Mercury Arts Editor Alison Hallett and I put on.
Last year, the police have handed out exactly zero tickets to skateboarders on the steep Southwest hills, but the Oregonian got the numbers on an uptick in police patrolling the area for traffic violations recently: In the two weeks between July 25 and August 8th, police wrote 33 citations on the route. Ten of those were written for drivers, two for bicyclists and 21 went to skateboarders.
The enforcement is part of a multi-part plan put together by skaters, the police, and city of Portland planners to address unsafe skating in the neighborhood. In addition to handing out citations, the city installed these Skate-Friendly PDX signs and are making online videos that encourage kids to stop at stop signs and be nice to neighbors.
Whether the education and enforcement campaign works will be the question facing city council this fall, when they revisit a plan to ban skateboarding on West Hills' streets.
STOP EVERYTHING, Portland. Fabio of romance novel cover and I Can't Believe it's Not Butter fame is in town. And he's not hiding himself very well. Fabio is promoting his new fancy whey protein powder at your neighborhood Whole Foods ALL DAY EVERY DAY until the end of the week.
Here's his schedule:
June 6 — Fremont WF 11 am-4 pm
June 7 — Pearl WF 11 am-4 pm
June 8 — Hollywood WF 11 am-4 pm AND Laurelhurst WF 4:30-8:30 pm
I plan on visiting him on Friday and not buying anything. Unless he is charging for piggy back rides around the produce aisle. Nice try, Whole Foods!
McMenamins is on the prowl to transform another interesting old abandoned building into a boutique hotel. This time, its eyes are on the Mount Hood Masonic Lodge, located on North Commercial Ave. adjacent to McMenamins' own Chapel Pub. Ideally, the company would connect the two buildings with a parking lot and garden space.
The lodge would be the third and largest McMenamins hotel to grace North Portland—boasting a estimated 46 rooms. The company also hopes to squeeze a couple pubs, a restaurant, an event venue and a spa into the three-story building. But getting there won't be easy.
The old building (built in the 1920s) was set on fire by ruffians in the late 80s, leaving it in need of some serious refurbishing, as well as a seismic upgrade. “But you can see the remnants of the grandeur that was there and these big, enormous spaces that were used for ceremonies and meetings,” Tim Hills, McMenamins historian told the Daily Journal of Commerce. Hills hopes to return the building to its once classy state.
Plans for reconstruction and beyond remain in the preliminary stages. The company's concept is currently open to public comment and plan review and awaits the first steps in the approval process.
Last January, Rep. Jefferson Smith proposed HB 2891, a bill that would require TriMet to sponsor "volunteer transit foot patrol" at MAX stations. Rather than moving forward with the bill, TriMet requested a community group create a pilot project for this "Adopt-a-Station" concept. Still in its preliminary planning stages, the project is slowly gaining speed with the help of MAX Action, a local community organization working to better East Portland's MAX environment.
"We want to create a welcoming gateway to and from our community," says Mike Vander Veen, Max Action co-chair. Vander Veen says the group has been working with TriMet to solidify a pilot plan for the project. The biggest road block seems to be getting the guidelines down in ink. Vander Veen says while MAX Action has built a close relationship with TriMet's public relations department, he still finds it tricky to negotiate with the operations and safety staff.
TriMet's Mary Fetsch says that at the moment, staff are "refining the elements of it, as well as working through the Office of Neighborhood Involvement to ensure that everyone is in agreement with the approach to the effort."
Ideally, Vander Veen says, the end result would be a program where local businesses and neighborhood members would volunteer their time to keep the East Portland MAX stations tidy, welcoming and usable.
Next week, MAX Action representatives are distributing a survey to local businesses and community members to get a run down on who is using the stations and who would want to be involved in the program. "For me, it's hard because I'm not a resident or regular user of these stations," says Vander Veen. "It's important to hear from the people that are."
For now, the plan focuses primarily on the 122, 148 and 162 Ave. stations, as they lie within Rep. Smith's jurisdiction. But, Vander Veen says, if the pilot project is successful, he can easily see it expanding to all stations across the Portland Metro and downtown vicinity.
So it's been almost an entire year since the Safeway on SE 28th and Hawthorne closed its doors. As promised, its shiny new replacement is open for buisness starting today. And they don't want you to forget it—my house alone received three notices in the mail.
But not all neighborhood patrons are as overjoyed as others (by others, I mean Sarah). Randy Albright, a local bike advocate and neighbor to the newest (and largest) Safeway in town, is working to reconfigure the mega store's funky traffic situation. As of now, the new underground parking garage funnels cars out onto the corner of SE 27th and Clay. Albright is concerned that the current system will boost traffic on a mellow, neighborhood street as well as hurt bike traffic along 27th and 26th—streets that the city dub as "shared roadways"(PDF). Ideally, Albright would like to have seen the Safeway traffic dump on to the already busy Hawthorne Ave.
While it's too late to completely reconstruct the parking garage's makeup, Albright is petitioning around the neighborhood for some significant traffic changes. "Although I'm not a huge fan, I would ultimately like to see a few speed tables up and down 27th and 26th, to be used as traffic calmers," says Albright. "Or some kind of method to divert traffic to Hawthorne." Albright made his intentions know at today's opening day, posting signs and encouraging folks to sign his petition.
Dan Anderson of Portland Bureau of Transportation, on the other hand, says that divvying out traffic to the streets surrounding Safeway was a better call: "PBOT development services worked toward achieving a balanced transportation plan for the Hawthorne Safeway," he says. "This means a plan goal is to distribute traffic in a balanced way on all the streets that border the grocery store. Having all cars access the store from Hawthorne only presented potential problems, especially during evening rush hour"
I'm working this week on a cover story about change on North Williams, particularly noting the recent uproar around the transportation project planned for the street. After a six-month delay to include more public process, the recommendations for how to make the street safer (wider bike lane? Remove a car travel lane? Install more cross walks?) are finally due this March.
When people talk about gentrification, the conversation can get vague and highly emotional. So the story this week focuses on the facts and figures of change. Here are some quick mind-boggling statistics from North Williams:
• Of the 62 retail spaces along North Williams from Broadway to Alberta, 42 have opened just since January 2007. That's means 68 percent of businesses on the street are less than five years old.
• The entire budget of the Williams transportation project—including planning, outreach, and actual construction—is $370,000. To put that in context, the cost of one stoplight is $200,000. Of that $370,000 budget, 25 percent has already been spent on planning and public involvement.
• The racial demographics have almost completely flipped: In 1990, 70 percent of the neighborhood was black and 21 percent was white. Today, the neighborhood is 27 percent black and 54 percent white.
• From 1956 to 1970, three back-to-back urban renewal projects tore down over 1,500 houses in the Albina neighborhood (of which Williams is the heart). Here's what the street looked like in 1962. In 1972, it looked like this:
One of the points of tension for long-time residents of the neighborhood is seeing those places where African-American homes and businesses used to flourish turning into vacant lots and then fancy new projects. As Urban League Advocacy Director Midge Purcell told me, “There were music venues, social clubs. All the things that made it a community, those things are no longer here and the things that have replaced them are the exact opposite of what made this community."
Southeast Portland's Buckman neighborhood is facing a big decision: Should the entire neighborhood be declared historic?
A group of neighbors are petitioning the city to become a historic district. Portland has numerous historic districts, including the eastside residential neighborhoods of Ladd's Addition and Irvington, and the designation is a mixed bag. Basically, if a neighborhood is a historic district, people who want to change their houses or build new projects have to go through extra-serious design review that's intended to make all new development have the same "character" as the existing neighborhood.
City planner Tim Heron spelled out the positives for me: Historic districts increase property values and protect historic buildings. "It's all about what you see when you move into a district," says Heron. "Historic districts preserve a certain look that some Buckman residents clearly want to preserve."
The extra design review comes with a steep cost, however, and some neighbors are rallying against the change. To stop the designation, critics need to get 50 percent of property owners in the area (plus one) to sign a notarized letter of dissent.
The 7-Eleven is slated to open its doors at 8157 N Lombard—currently an empty lot just on the edge of St. John's downtown. Neighbors are mad because the market would be the neighborhood's third 7-11 and will be "blight at the gate of our neighborhood," in the words of one resident who signed the neighborhood's anti-7-Eleven petition. Residents also worry it will hurt the business of St. John's Deli and Grocery, a little locally-owned shop that's been located two blocks from the proposed site since 1979. Deli owner Kevin Lee says he will have to cut back his employee's hours if the new 7-Eleven opens up.
7-Eleven representative Tom Noble met with the neighborhood association to discuss the new shop, but residents upset about the new store say they were "disappointed" with the discussion and now organizers of Occupy St. Johns are calling for a picket of the proposed site at 3pm on Friday the 13th to call out the "surplus of convenience stores" in the area.
One of the more publicized statistics from the 2011 survey is that ratings of downtown (sorry, Pioneer District) have taken a nosedive over the past few years. Maybe it's the constantly climbing parking and bus fees to actually get there, maybe it's all the loogies people feel the need to hock onto the city's sidewalks (YOU'RE ALL DISGUSTING), but rankings of downtown as a "good" or "very good" place to shop, live and work have dropped from 69 percent in 2008 to 58 percent this year. The surveys were filled out in July and August, so that perception can't be blamed on Occupy Portland.
But that perception is contrary to the facts: residents of downtown and Northwest Portland reported the lowest crime rate of any neighborhood in the city. Two percent of downtown dwellers reported home burglaries in the past year and nine percent reported car break-ins. Compare that to the statistically most crime-ridden neighborhood: East Portland. Eight percent of Portlanders who live east of I-205 reported homes burglaries in the past year and 24 percent had their cars broken into. Northwest and downtown residents also feel safer both alone and around police than other neighborhoods.
Despite this, everyone should probably head over across the river come the 2012 Zombie Apocalypse— East Portland respondents were by far the most disaster-prepared of all the districts, with 70 percent of reporting that they'd have enough supplies to last their household a week or longer.
Other interesting factoids below the cut!
At any rate, no definite plans are determined as of yet, but what's really exciting is that Storie's team wants to make it very much a community- and neighborhood-oriented space. That's why they're holding an open house/brainstorming session on Saturday, December 10, to allow folks to check out the place and contribute ideas for its use.
Facebook event here; Sat Dec 10, 6423 SE Foster, noon-2 pm
That's right: It's a handy guide for Portland's North and Northeast quadrants, with tons of listings, places to eat, shops, and more—and it's specially tailored just for wizards.
Talented Mercury intern/cartoonist Suzette Smith did countless hours of unpaid, thankless research—the best kind of research!—to find out what makes wizards tick: where they prefer to shop, where they like to dine, what sort of pointy hats fit the best. (We suspect she's part wizard herself.) We also got our dear friend Ross the Wizard—who, full disclosure, has been on the Mercury payroll for quite some time; how do you think we get those thousands of papers all over town in a single night?—to model for the guide. Our director of circulation also makes a cameo.
Plus! Lovely, wizardy maps from Paul Windle! Enchanting photography by Brenton Salo! Just the sort of inane cheekiness you expect from the Mercury, in a slightly smaller format. It's our Wizard's Guide to Northside, and yes, it's slightly puzzling.
...And because some of you internet grumblers are too lazy to drag yourself away from the computer for five seconds to score yourself a copy—we made an online version just for you.
During the renovation, the Club has been closed for a few weeks, but a grand reopening is scheduled for this
Thursday, September 15 [UPDATE: The grand reopening has been rescheduled for Friday, September 23]. To celebrate, a stack of local bands will play the free party, including Sons of Huns, the Lordy Lords, Advisory, and the No Tomorrow Boys. Since the Mercury office has moved downtown, the Club has been sorely missed, and we can't wait to see it in its newest incarnation.
Since last year, the city has been paying about $10,000 a month during the summer to close off NE Alberta Street and provide security for the massive, free-form arts fest. That security is meant to reduce tensions in the neighborhood, which gets hit with people urinating on lawns, leaving trash, and generally being whippersnappers after the block party officially shuts down at 10 PM.
That has been the biggest change in the monthly event that has come to define Alberta in some ways: It used to run late into the night, but since the city got involved, a wall of security and volunteers march down NE Alberta promptly at 10PM, pushing all the party-goers back onto the sidewalks and into the bars. The debate over the event is the same: Is it a good use of limited city funds?
On the pro side, it brings thousands of people (and their cash) into the neighborhood every month, contributes to the area's new identity as an "arts district", and, of course, it's a good time. On the con side, some argue that Alberta businesses, not citywide taxpayers, should bear the brunt of the cost.
"It's clearly an equity issue," says Commissioner Amanda Fritz, whose office handles the neighbor-relations aspects of the event. "When we had a meeting back in 2010, we had over 400 people come out, most of whom came to say it's wonderful. But we don't think citywide taxpayers should be paying for it."
Fritz wants to let people know that if they see illegal behavior on Last Thursday, call the police nonemergency line to report it: 503-823-3333. If you have problems the day after (like trash), neighborhood group Friends of Last Thursday want to take your call: 503-888-2934.
Week by week, the Safeway at SE 27th and Hawthorne has emptied out. When products disappear, they're not replaced, creating a bizarre and inconvenient supermarket that no longer stocks random items such as chili powder, peppercorns, or red cabbage. They're also selling off the least popular items one by one at discount rates. Last week, off-brand poison ivy cream and plus-size nude leggings shared discount shelf space at the front of the store with DVDs of Tom Hanks' The Terminal. This week, what seems to be all the Jewish food in the store is tagged half-off for quick sale.
All this because my Safeway, arguably the ugliest and worst-laid-out Safeway in the city, will soon be burned to the ground. From its ashes will rise a new, bolder Safeway! A shiny $20 million Safeway with 20,000 more square feet of shopping space, an underground parking lot, and what seems to be a bland, vaguely Spanish Mission-inspired facade.
The store itself will be closed for a year, leaving me and the rest of the neighborhood to find a new place to buy our discount gefilte fish.
It sounds kind of wild, but the multi-billion dollar corporate franchise Panera Bread is turning some of their restaurants into pseudo-soup kitchens. It's an experiment and it's never been tested by any major restaurant chain before, but customers at "Panera Cares" cafés simply pay what they can, no questions asked.
Rumor has it that the Panera Bread location next to Trader Joe's in Hollywood will be converted to a Panera Cares café, featuring volunteer staff members, "suggested" prices, and a free meal for anyone who needs one.
The flagship Panera Cares café opened in St. Louis in May, with impressive results. The non-profit restaurant model is the brainchild of Panera's former CEO and current chairman Ronald Shaich, who says that most customers (60-70%) pay the full price of their meal, while about 15% pay more than the suggested price and about 15% pay less or nothing at all.
Success in St. Louis means more locations across the U.S., beginning with two new Panera Cares cafés in the next two months. Rumors put a café in Detroit, slated to open in December, and a café in Portland, slated to open in January 2011.
If the Hollywood Panera Bread converts to a Panera Cares, the major changes would be door greeters—who would stand at the entrance to explain the pay-what-you-can concept—and donation boxes instead of cash registers. Those who needed a free meal could volunteer for an hour and earn a meal voucher, but they could also simply order their food and move on.
Today the Portland Development Commission announced that on September 2nd the sign returns to the neighborhood, gift wrapped, for a special unveiling ceremony to take place at 7 pm.
The sign will be re-hung thanks in part to the staying power of a stimulated community effort, according to the PDC press release:
The sign was removed during the 2008-09 renovation of the Hung Far Low building, which now houses Ping Restaurant. Portland citizens rallied to restore the 2000-pound landmark, raising more than $8,600 through commemorative t-shirt sales, a website and special events. PDC closed the remaining gap with approximately $45,000 in grant funding. The total cost of the project — which includes removal of the sign, design and restoration work, and its re-attachment to the building, is estimated at $77,461.
The restoration work spoken of here is specifically related to fixing the sign's rusted out framework, a new hanging support structure, and a paint job meant to match original colors. Current plans are to have the sign lit by lights attached to the building, but the press release points out, “there is interest in someday restoring the neon lighting to the sign.”
The return of the Hung Far Low sign has been a long time coming. In fact, in June of 2009 Sarah Mirk reported the that the funds had been secured to tug the landmark out of the sign yard. But the sign's re-erection hasn't been a certainty until today.
Portland's newest outdoor market will open next week in the Boise-Eliot neighborhood on a plot of land that's been a vacant eyesore for years.
The new Boise-Eliot market is the brainchild of stonemason Spencer Burton who ran for Dan Saltzman's seat for Portland city council in November. Though the bid for city council flopped, Burton and the NE Coalition of Neighborhoods did succeed in a different project: securing a plot of land for a farmer's market in his neck of the woods.
Five weeks ago, the owner of the vacant lot on the corner of North Williams and Fremont offered up his land for a twice-weekly neighborhood market that has about 30 businesses signed up to sell goods so far, including Martini Farms, Canby Asparagus Farm and Portland Organic Garden. Burton hopes to sign up 20 more businesses before the market opens next weekend, July 17.
This isn't one of the official city farmer's markets and it's been a little bumpy organizing a market from scratch, says Burton.
"People can't believe there's nothing there," Burton said about the area's empty lots, many of which are scars from the early 1970s when Emanuel hospital razed 20 businesses in the area to make way for an expansion (which then never materialized).
Opening a market will "help the area as a new commercial hub," Burton says. He hopes people who don't have enough money for a storefront for a business can sell their goods at the lot.
During the summer the market will run twice a week on Tuesdays from 3-7p.m. and Saturdays from 9-1p.m.
We've gotten a list from Portland Fire & Rescue of all the buildings that have been marked "unsafe" for firefighting personnel to enter. Here's a handy map of all properties currently marked, or in the process of being marked, unsafe.
Click on properties to see details.
Here's the list. 6034 NE 6th has been de-listed.
Three years from now, Division Street is going to look a lot different.
City council approved a $7 million plan this morning to rebuild Division Street from 10th Ave to 39th Ave as a more pedestrian-friendly, sustainable, generally less crappy thoroughfare. About 15,000 cars travel along the stretch every day and Division needs to be repaved anyway, so the city will take the chance next year while it's being repaved to do what Portland does best: lay down the "green streets."
The city has been working for the last year on the plan (download the pdf here) and came up with a final "Division Streetscape and Street Reconstruction Project" which will make cut most of Division's busiest inner-SE stretch down from two lanes of traffic to one lane in each direction.
So what has "four points," and "eight principles," and results in a better, more harmonious life? No, silly, it's not Buddhism—it's the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Streets program, which announced partnerships this morning to fix up the Alberta, Hillsdale and St. Johns neighborhoods according to said noble precepts.
To qualify, each neighborhood had to raise $30,000 in "community support" funding: begging for alms, if you will. Having passed that test, they'll now get "considerable financial and technical assistance and extensive training" to fix up their neighborhoods to conform to a utopian downtown ideal.
Much of the money raised came from the City of Portland's General Fund, and the projects will contribute to the Portland Economic Development Strategy and the plan for "20-minute neighborhoods" that Mayor Sam Adams has been touting extensively.
Aside from the "four points" (organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring), the "Main Streets" program is strangely big-brothery. On this PDC page, the city refers to the program as "Main Street®," with the little "R" sign.
A closer look reveals that the National Trust has extensive guidelines for use of the "Main Street" term, and has in fact registered it as a trademark. Read their policy on the use of the name "Main Street" for more:
The National Trust for Historic Preservation owns the trademark for the phrase "Main Street" as it applies to the revitalization of traditional and historic commercial districts. The Trust allows local, regional, state, and citywide organizations involved in the revitalization of these commercial districts to use the name "Main Street" to describe their programs, according to the guidelines.
Congratulations and namaste to Alberta®, Hillsdale®, and St. Johns®.
Update 3:47 pm: More details on the program from Sam's office after the jump.
Gone fetal worrying about the dearth of condo owning gentrification news in the wake of Matt Davis' vacating Portland? Shaking a fist at the sky and shouting "UNJUST I SAY UNJUST" while popping lorazepams like candy? You are not alone, my friends. I, too, have been in a funk since Matt's departure but I might just have a solution to our depressing predicament.
I have recently moved from San Francisco (yay!) to the suburbs (OMG BOO) and finally downtown to a LEED certified building so smug in its smugness the elevators are powered by EFFING WINDMILLS. The building has 24 floors and I'm on one of the upper tiers. What I am saying is I can actually see your house from here. And I know what you're doing. And stop it because it's really freaking me out.
So, in lieu of leaving the house to do actual reporting (new media is all about aggregation anyway) I've given myself the "gentrification beat." If I can see it from my windows and it's vaguely newsworthy and/or gentrify-y I will know! And I could tell someone about it! Maybe even on Blogtown or the Twitters or at a bar! I am just spit balling here! There are no bad ideas! This is a safe space!
The point is I can see stuff from up here and it might be interesting. Mostly I like looking down on all of Portland. But you knew that already.
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