My View: City's success will become downfall
Portland is a victim of its own "success." They say people want to move here because Portland is such a "cool place to be." We hear these statements so often as our city officials pat themselves on the back — and continue to spend our hard-earned tax dollars on expensive real estate deals, which make our homes less and less affordable.
But this does not tell the whole story. People have to move out of the Bay Area and New York because they can no longer afford to live in those space-bound cities. Portland is their next best choice. Portland is relatively "affordable" to these urban migrants.
These migrants typically are the middle class. Eventually, only the rich and the subsidized poor can afford to live in space-bound cities. (Subsidized living is not "affordable" living.) With no middle class, the gap between rich and poor becomes more evident and divisive.
Now, those who can no longer afford to live in Portland — and do not qualify for or desire subsidies — have to migrate elsewhere. Even our city planners say so.
Eastmoreland residents trying to prevent destruction
The Portland Tribune's recent opinion piece, "City must balance history and change," suggests that Eastmoreland residents who favor a historic district are racist, elitist and against change.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
This piece fails to look at what is happening in Portland as a result of the city's desire to bring in more developer fees and property taxes. It also doesn't consider how the Residential Infill Project will destroy Portland's longstanding neighborhoods or examine the nexus between developers and the City Commission and its bureaus.
In Laurelhurst, Eastmoreland and other neighborhoods that are among the city's most desirable, affordable homes are being torn down and replaced with much larger and much more expensive ones. Portland should be for people and not developers: See this example: www.historiclaurelhurst.com/single-post/2017/04/0
More information is available about the tear downs in Eastmoreland, where homes ranging from $375,000 to $900,000 (this has recently been sold to Renaissance Homes) have been or will be torn down to make way for one or more homes (two on double lots) selling for up to $1.875 million.
These outcomes do nothing to make Portland more diverse or affordable.
In fact, the demolitions and new builds in Eastmoreland are destroying historic homes, reducing privacy and tree cover, and making the neighborhood less affordable and thus less welcoming to young families and retirees.