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Trader Joe’s Pulls Out Of Poor Portland, Oregon Neighborhood [after protests from radical leftists]
International Business Times ^ | February 4, 2014 | Palash Ghosh

Posted on 02/05/2014 11:21:10 AM PST by grundle

The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) objected to the proposed development partly because it feared that the new retail complex would eventually push up rental prices in the area and drive out the local black community. PAALF officials cited that they held no animosity toward Trader Joe’s whatsoever but were concerned by the city government’s history of displacing African-Americans from their homes.

According to The Oregonian newspaper, California-based developer Majestic Realty Co. had plans to build an $8 million retail complex in a vacant two-acre lot in Northeast Portland at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street. The project was to include a Trader Joe's store, as well as up to 10 other retailers and a 100-space parking lot. The Portland Development Commission (PDC) had already OK'd a deal to sell the acreage to Majestic for $500,000, leading to optimism from the city fathers of an economic renaissance in the deprived area. However, now that Trader Joe’s and Majestic have both backed out, municipal officials called the decision "a loss for the city” and particularly for Northeast Portland.

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Trader Joe's was planning to build a new store on a vacant lot in a poor neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. The people who lived in the neighborhood were in favor of it.

But then a bunch of radical leftist activists, who don't even live in the neighborhood, prevented it from being built.

1 posted on 02/05/2014 11:21:10 AM PST by grundle
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To: grundle
The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) objected to the proposed development partly because it feared that the new retail complex would eventually push up rental prices in the area and drive out the local black community.

Next PAALF will be complaining that they live in a "food desert."

2 posted on 02/05/2014 11:23:21 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: grundle
The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) objected to the proposed development partly because it feared that the new retail complex would eventually push up rental prices in the area...

In other words the PAALF feared the development might significantly improve the neighborhood, so they opposed it.
3 posted on 02/05/2014 11:24:27 AM PST by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: grundle

My understanding is that those opposed to this are unhappy with the “gentrification” of the neighborhood and that a Trader Joe’s would further that process. The opponents want to bring “displaced” blacks back to the neighborhood, apparently the kind of blacks that would not or could not shop at a Trader Joe’s. I can only assume that they would like to turn the vacant two acre site into a mini-ghetto to re-establish the original neighborhood ghetto.


4 posted on 02/05/2014 11:26:11 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: grundle

Liberal/Progressives want minorities to be dependent on government not having a chance for careers. They don’t want folks running off the plantation and to be slaves of the governmental welfare state.


5 posted on 02/05/2014 11:26:36 AM PST by sr4402
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To: grundle

solution (if a good grocery with some great food items mostly at quite reasonable prices .....is deemed “not appropriate?” to the neighborhood)......: let another couple big liquor stores move in and ask them to sell some junk food on the side

...problem solved?

(and then maybe we can get TJ’s to build their new store near us here, instead...we’d love to have a local TJ’s to shop at!)


6 posted on 02/05/2014 11:27:15 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C?)
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To: grundle

How horrible, to bring economic development to a poor neighborhood. Heaven forbid that people should learn to work and become self-sufficient.

/sarc


7 posted on 02/05/2014 11:27:30 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: grundle

Rough part of town.
Maybe the locals didn’t want to wear Hawaiian Shirts?


8 posted on 02/05/2014 11:27:30 AM PST by Zathras
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To: grundle

Does anyone know what the people in the neighborhood wanted?
I could see it going either way.

On the one hand if it was going to drive up property values, that could be a positive for the people in the neighborhood.

But on the otherhand, they’d have to move because of the higher taxes and it would break up the community.


9 posted on 02/05/2014 11:29:29 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: grundle

Does anyone know what the people in the neighborhood wanted?
I could see it going either way.

On the one hand if it was going to drive up property values, that could be a positive for the people in the neighborhood.

But on the otherhand, they’d have to move because of the higher taxes and it would break up the community.


10 posted on 02/05/2014 11:29:30 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: grundle; goodnesswins; PROCON; Twotone; VeryFRank; Clinging Bitterly; Rio; aimhigh; Hieronymus
**"a loss for the city” and particularly for Northeast Portland.**

If you would like more information about Oregon, please FReepmail me. I lost my Oregon list when my computer crashed last month.

11 posted on 02/05/2014 11:29:58 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: grundle

12 posted on 02/05/2014 11:30:09 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: faithhopecharity

Wonder if Trader Joe’s accepts EBT?


13 posted on 02/05/2014 11:30:31 AM PST by rainee (Her)
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To: grundle

This is insane. They should’ve gone for a deal that would bring jobs in the retail complex to minority workers who live nearby.


14 posted on 02/05/2014 11:30:45 AM PST by grania
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To: grundle

How long before the local paper laments the ‘food desert’ in the neighborhood and the lack of entry level jobs?


15 posted on 02/05/2014 11:30:47 AM PST by posterchild
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To: sr4402

Liberals want to keep Black People on the Plantation. Liberals need Black People to hate their situation and to blame Republicans.

Didn’t Nathan Bedford Forrest start a little Democrat Club to accomplish the same?


16 posted on 02/05/2014 11:31:37 AM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: posterchild
How long before the local paper laments the ‘food desert’

Not long, and they will blame it on white racism.

17 posted on 02/05/2014 11:31:43 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: grundle

Neighborhood is very amish. A friend of mines grandfather, non-amish, was beaten nearly to death during a home break-in a mile from there.


18 posted on 02/05/2014 11:34:43 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: catnipman
I'm sure they have a nice strip mall planned for that area. Complete with Liquor store, Nail Salon, Discount Tobacco Shop and a Check-into-Cash
19 posted on 02/05/2014 11:36:44 AM PST by digger48
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To: rainee

yes trader joes accepts food stamps (ebdcards whatever).
nowadays with the Great Obama Depression a store would lose half its customers if it didn’t accept food stamps


20 posted on 02/05/2014 11:36:48 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C?)
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To: catnipman
... are unhappy with the “gentrification” of the neighborhood ...

Well, TJ has raised the price of two-buck-Chuck...

(Never been to one, but I guess it's the kind of store that one either loves or hates.)

21 posted on 02/05/2014 11:38:23 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: grundle

Very sad. But it’s not just limited to black areas. All the lefties turn out to protest any development anywhere. It happens all the time in my town, usually because elderly lefties really want their neighborhoods to continue to decline (until they can leave their mildewing property in a dead neighborhood to some less than thrilled heir) because they’ve got theirs and they don’t want to see the neighborhood improve.

In my town, it’s usually the 65+ white ladies out there screaming about the desecration of their neighborhood by some perfectly innocuous business that wants to move in there (and in fact, the ladies live in zones that are already zoned mixed use). So that means young people can’t have services that would actually be beneficial to families, and the neighborhood remains a frozen, old-lady paradise.

I guess the old ladies have never realized that this affects their own property values, but actually, they probably don’t care.


22 posted on 02/05/2014 11:40:08 AM PST by livius
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To: grundle

Doesn’t matter the city, building on MLK Drive is not a good business plan...except for the selling of stolen cell phones and illegal pharmaceuticals.


23 posted on 02/05/2014 11:40:48 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: grundle

This is my old neighborhood.
The “gentrification” battle is a front thrown out as a bone to the rabidly liberal population to fight over.
The truth is of course - it is over money.
The city is so in bed with developers there that the land was being almost given away. I assume the company didn’t want to get messed up in that.
Sad, since everybody wanted that store on a lot and “food desert” that’s been vacant for decades.


24 posted on 02/05/2014 11:40:58 AM PST by dk88 (Outlaw)
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To: livius
I guess the old ladies have never realized that this affects their own property values, but actually, they probably don’t care.

They don't care because they don't intend to sell, and they want to keep their property taxes down.
25 posted on 02/05/2014 11:42:04 AM PST by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: digger48

“Complete with Liquor store, Nail Salon, Discount Tobacco Shop and a Check-into-Cash”

as well as the “tug and rub” called “Trayda Hoes”


26 posted on 02/05/2014 11:42:33 AM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: grundle

Typical liberal plan....keep them on the dole....


27 posted on 02/05/2014 11:42:42 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: DannyTN
Does anyone know what the people in the neighborhood wanted?

1) They wanted "affordable housing" built. 2) They wanted "low cost loans" to black-owned businesses in the area. 3) They wanted TJ to only hire blacks. Some other details. The neighborhood is only 25% black right now. The protesters don't actually live in the neighborhood. The people in the neighborhood want it. The contractor on-board to build it is black-owned.

28 posted on 02/05/2014 11:43:45 AM PST by jim_trent
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To: Chad_the_Impaler

Well, most of them would probably like to sell at some point, and our property taxes aren’t that high. But leftists never think of things like that.

It’s too materialistic, and they, of course, are beyond that. What they really want is a gated community (a pre-dead location for the elderly) without having to pay the maintenance costs.


29 posted on 02/05/2014 11:44:01 AM PST by livius
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To: grundle

You mean bring jobs to a poor neighborhood? How dare they!!!!


30 posted on 02/05/2014 11:45:42 AM PST by Durbin
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To: DannyTN
"Does anyone know what the people in the neighborhood wanted?"

My guess is the good folks of Portland preferred another Dignity Village .

31 posted on 02/05/2014 11:53:17 AM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: grundle
these groups are evil groups that are actually insultingly racists toward blacks. Basically saying blacks can't thrive and grow and come up the income later if they are in poverty. Wow. What a curse and what a lie and how completely unAmerican.

Oh the irony of those that believe these groups are 'helping' them. Just like the Democrats that hold down the empowerment of blacks. They ay just thrive and leave the party to join the Republicans or (OH KNOW!) the tea party!

:-D

32 posted on 02/05/2014 11:53:23 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: grundle

Funny how liberals whine about the prices at Trader Joes when I see people filling their shopping cart and using their EBT cards to buy food from there constantly. I see it all the time, especially at the Trader Joes we shop at


33 posted on 02/05/2014 11:53:52 AM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Exactly. It’s important to preserve victim status.


34 posted on 02/05/2014 11:54:04 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: grundle

IOW, they just want to be left in the condition they are in and not have any hope for bettering their economic situation.....................Can’t have the people getting jobs and stuff, now can we?..................


35 posted on 02/05/2014 11:56:21 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: 230FMJ

Yes, but he left it when he saw what it was turning in to......................


36 posted on 02/05/2014 11:57:29 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: grundle

Even Portland is segregated, will wonders never cease.


37 posted on 02/05/2014 12:06:25 PM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: grundle

Looks like the Black KKK is now lynching their own...

They do not want Blacks to work their way up and out


38 posted on 02/05/2014 12:11:06 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (A Theory is not a Fact....It is not called the "Fact of Evolution")
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To: SeminoleCounty

I’m adding these thoughts from another site as I think they deserve some pondering - they are harsh but quite true for those that have been around.

Anonymous said...
My experience, the blacks don’t want white people moving in to see what they are really up to - filth and crime. Blacks like living in a black bubble of dysfunction, blaming whitey, and then receiving massive gov grants, opportunity zone designation. They don’t want to bust up the black Democrat voting bloc.

plus...

white folks snitch and call 911.

white folks call the health department about wet mattresses in the yard.

white folks call Animal Control about the pit bull puppy tied up to the tree with a belt.

white folks be making the skools all hard and shit.

white folks make your property taxes go up.

white folks make you paint your house and cut your grass.

snitchy white folks call CPS when your chillens are out on bicycles at 2AM.

white folks say “hi” and smile and bother you all day.

white folks don’t tolerate black prostitutes and drug dealers.

white folks shut down the corner variety store that takes the EBT. No more smokin soul chips and Mad Dog.

white folks don’t like it when you stand around and drink liquor and smoke weed under the tree in the empty lot on a hot summer’s day.

white folks make you put the gutters on your house.

white folks be sniffin around gettin all up in your bidness.

white folks tryin to keep the brothas down.

The palms-always-up black poverty pimps and black preachas don’t want the white folks’ gravy train to stop rolling in da hood.

Simple. They want your money from a distance.


39 posted on 02/05/2014 12:14:41 PM PST by Sheapdog (Chew the meat, spit out the bones - FUBO - Come and get me)
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To: grundle
The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) objected to the proposed development partly because it feared that the new retail complex would eventually push up rental prices in the area and drive out the local black community.

So what they are saying is the black community in Portland can not generate the capital necessary to create or maintain the most basic components of a modern First World society, namely a large supermarket and new retail stores. How very racists of them to think this way.

40 posted on 02/05/2014 12:26:16 PM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Chad_the_Impaler
In other words the PAALF feared the development might significantly improve the neighborhood, so they opposed it.

Or rather, this is about keeping "those people" -- whites, out of the neighborhood.

41 posted on 02/05/2014 12:29:27 PM PST by freerepublicchat
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To: livius

The liberal church ladies in our town wouldn’t allow a Walmart or a Sonic.

They felt Sonic would promote air pollution because people might sit in cars. Seriously.


42 posted on 02/05/2014 12:34:05 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: freerepublicchat

No, it is about Trader Joe’s “investing” in the community by giving cash to the PAALF.
They will be glad the project was canceled. It would have been a nightmare.
BTDT


43 posted on 02/05/2014 12:35:51 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: grundle

I wonder how realty developers, investors and store owners will consider this neighborhood now?

For Magestic and TJ’s this was a rapid no-brainer.

My neighborhood courted TJ’s to please, come and take a vacant store location. They did take it, and it is always busy.

Normally realty developers, investors and store owners are welcomed when they express interest in bringing jobs, taxable sales and economic activity to a community.


44 posted on 02/05/2014 12:58:03 PM PST by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: grundle

Now Holder’s People can go back to protesting that they have no place to shop because the racists won’t build supermarkets in their neighborhoods.


45 posted on 02/05/2014 1:17:22 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: DannyTN

My wife is a pastor of a Church in that area and attends meetings of a couple of neighborhood councils. According to her, those who are pushing projects like this are new residents who had bought property at fire-sale prices and are now looking to make a profit from re-sale.
The area is presently made up of single-family houses and small businesses. New property owners (as described above) are hard at work building 4 and 5-floor apartment buildings that rent for over $1000/mo (that’s considered “affordable!!) and have NO on-site vehicle parking. If tenants don’t ride a bike to work they have to rely on public transportation and can forget about getting out of town on weekends.
Of course, due to local government financial problems, the long-time residents are getting taxed out of their homes and into dilapidated apartments on the East side of town. Their long-standing problems haven’t been solved or even addressed, only moved. I live on the East side and our crime rate has gone up. I’ve had to install several security features on my house to keep zombies out but I still hear gunshots once or twice a week. It’s a matter of time before they get even closer.
Kindly note that all of this is due to some non-resident landowner wanting to turn a quick profit. And no, the local residents were never polled as to whether or not they wanted a Trader Joe’s. In fact, any who had the opportunity to give an opinion were overwhelmingly against it.


46 posted on 02/05/2014 1:35:48 PM PST by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) objected to the proposed development partly because it feared that the new retail complex would eventually push up rental prices in the area and drive out the local black community.

Wait a couple of years and the illegals will drive them out.

47 posted on 02/05/2014 2:35:55 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Chad_the_Impaler; livius

Okay, you young whippersnappers; you’ve had your fun disparaging the elderly. God forbid that you ever settle into a house, let alone a neighborhood you love.

Property taxes aren’t based on the property owners’ age. We have an exorbitant tax bill, mostly school taxes, which we pay, without fail and without complaint, every year. Our property is way over-assessed, as is the property of our neighbors, but we’re all okay with that. And dang, if we aren’t all conservatives, too.

None of us want to live in a gated community, or even a development with a Home Owners Association. We like being able to walk to the post office, the grocery store, local restaurants, parks, etc. We have a live and let live attitude and don’t sweat the small stuff.

However, you (whoever you may be) come after our neighborhood with an development that can only be built if our area is declared blighted, or you want my property to build your project, be ready for war. Why should I sell to you just because I’m old?

It will bring in more taxes? What a laugh. In-fill projects are built as a public-private partnership with the public picking up the tab and the developer getting rich. Projects that are billed as “beneficial to families” will be tax-deferred for twenty or so years, they won’t bring in either the families or the money the planners have promised, and dang, if the taxes we elderly pay aren’t used to make up the shortfall when the bonds can’t be pay.

I’m not sure what has caused your animosity towards an entire generation of people but your rights shouldn’t trump mine.


48 posted on 02/05/2014 3:03:57 PM PST by LSAggie
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To: Mike Darancette

They’ll have the Schumer/Ryan path-to-citizenship by then.


49 posted on 02/05/2014 3:52:01 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: grundle

There are black folks in Portland, OR? Wow, my mother lives there and I’ve never seen one when I visited (I’m not exaggerating).

It’s mostly illegal Latino’s and unbathed white progressives.


50 posted on 02/05/2014 3:55:55 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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