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    The Leviathan Reaches the Pacific Northwest

    by  • August 8, 2014 • Sasha, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 0 Comments

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    Staving Off the Monster Oregon has a complicated history. Perhaps it is its distance from DC, or its proximity to the wildlands of the Pacific Northwest that has defined its rugged and unpredictable history. It was a stronghold of “radically-led” unions—in particular the ILWU—but at the same time deeply segregated. Even the Portland longshore...

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    Le Tour de Gentrification: My First Pedalpalooza Experience

    by  • June 11, 2014 • Guest, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Right to the City / Free School, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 0 Comments

    Photo Credit: Hart Noecker

    Submitted by Jason Merritt Gentrification. That was the theme of Le Tour de Gentrification, a Pedalpalooza bike tour of areas affected by gentrification led by lawyer and former city council candidate Nicholas Caleb and Rebel Metropolis writer/editor Hart Noecker. Arriving at Col. Sumner’s Park early Monday evening, about 100 people were already gathered for...

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    Spring Bloom Justice Campaign

    by  • March 20, 2014 • Jonah, Nature's Trust, Portland Water Trust, Public Trust, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, Water Wars • 0 Comments

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    via Jonah Majure, Chief Petitioner of the People’s Water Trust initiative campaign Today is the first day of Spring, but you’ve probably been noticing its approach for some time now. The buds are transforming into blossoms, your neighbors are out walking their dogs a little more, families are spending time together over games of basketball...

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    Protect Portland’s Water for Generations to Come

    by  • November 3, 2013 • Guest, Nature's Trust, Portland Water Trust, Public Trust, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, Water Wars • 0 Comments

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    This is a guest submission from Marie Teasdale, law student at Lewis and Clark, and an author of the Portland Water Trust initiative. Here in Portland, we are lucky to enjoy an impressive array of natural endowments, from beautiful Forest Park to Oaks Bottom wildlife refuge to scenic Mount Hood. We have so many...

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    An Opportunity for Real Change

    by  • November 2, 2013 • Guest, Nature's Trust, Portland Water Trust, Public Trust, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, Water Wars • 0 Comments

    Bull Run

    This is a guest submission from Jonah Majure, Chief Petitioner in the Portland Water Trust initiative effort. The events leading up to the city-wide vote on whether or not to fluoridate our city’s water supply reconnected Portlanders with where our exceptional water comes from and how it is managed. Voters on both sides of...

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    Portland Unveils Plans for Downtown “Green & Local” Shopping Megacomplex

    by  • August 13, 2013 • Jess, Satire, Sustainable Cities • 2 Comments

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    On Tuesday morning, Charlie Hales announced plans to build an ecologically-conscious-themed “Green & Local” shopping megacomplex in the heart of downtown Portland. The megacomplex, to be built by HDR, will replace nearly 40 square blocks of inner NW Portland, just north of Burnside. [See related: PolitiFact: Is it true that Charlie Hales in the...

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    From Resilience to #Blockupy and Back Again

    by  • June 26, 2013 • Austerity, Nicholas, No Coal, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities • 0 Comments

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    At the beginning of June, I found myself in Germany. The formal purpose of the trip was to attend a congress in Bonn called Resilient Cities, which, since 2010, annually brings together a wide swath of important people — city officials, academics, members of state & international regulatory and financing apparatuses, non-profits, non-governmental organizations,...

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    Exxon After Arkansas: Greenwashing from Coast to Coast

    by  • April 17, 2013 • Sasha, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 1 Comment

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    By Sasha Ross If you live in Oregon, you are familiar with the spectacle of greenwashing at the highest levels of political theater. As Portland gears up to host the UN’s World Environment Day, the international attention almost obscures the plans for multiple freeway expansions, a Nestle water bottling plant, huge timber sales (whispers...

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