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Friday, June 25, 2010

Spare us the constant sales pitches

One of several disturbing trends we've noticed about Portland city government is its ever-increasing commercialization. Sure, the mega-million-dollar "public-private partnership" ripoffs are the most galling, but now the sellouts are seeping into routine operations. It's gotten so that City Hall can hardly get through a day without hawking some commercial outfit's wares, usually in the name of "green," "multi-modal transportation," "for the children," or some other foggy notion.

A few weeks ago we had Mayor Creepy hawking Visa cards. Now here's the latest -- Sustainable Susan & Co. drooling over a magazine about the latest hipness, "urban farming." From the city's web page:

Chock full of ideas and stories, Urban Farm is a great resource for beginning or established urban farmers. Read about successful fruit gleaners, the philosophies of ecopsychotherapy and lawn reformists. Get tips on foraging, raising livestock, wine making, setting up a healthy yard-sharing partnership, creating low maintenance water systems and container gardens.
As best we can tell, Urban Farm is published by a for-profit outfit based in Los Angeles. If the City of Portland's going to tout commercial products, it ought to get paid for the service. It can use the revenue to pay for the many children we have in City Hall grinding out Tweet after worthless Tweet, trying in vain to put lipstick on a pig.

Comments (14)

Get tips on foraging ...

Isn't that how the bums get cigarette butts?

The motto of the Lawn Reformists "Don't mow, let it grow."

Still waiting for the first flyer on how they're considering raising water/sewer rates.

That kind of BS they pull under cover of night and don't tell anyone about. Otherwise, the bloviation on non-essentials continues.

"the philosophies of ecopsychotherapy"

I really don't know if I'm going to make it in this town. I feel contempt for about a third of the people who live here. And they're the most vocal and seem to control everything.

I feel contempt for about a third of the people who live here. And they're the most vocal and seem to control everything.

A third?

The last time I checked, the "creative class" is about 20-25% of Portland's population.

The problem is that they vote quite often. It's those who live in East and un-gentrified North Portland who don't vote and allow the "creative class" to vote their form of a utopia, whereby only they have any power or say in the world, and everyone else is just there to serve them. And anything that requires industrialization..."out of sight, out of mind". Just like the coal fired power plant that provides half of Portland's's 160 miles away, so who cares?

CoP Mayor, Council & Bureaus need *Eeek-O-Therapy*

No Self Control

ecopsychotherapy Is the bullsh**ology word that caught my eye. Sex poodle Al Gores internet has some interpretations but basically it means:

"Go for a walk in the park."

The ironic part is, Portland policy (and land use practices) run almost opposite to this kind of feel-goodness. For example, Saltzman praised the community gardens program years ago, promised to expand it--then promptly shut down two of the most popular ones and let developers build on them. Now, as he and others talk of improving it, their current promises equal a net zero gain in the program.

But Adams and other council members occasionally promote boutique press opportunities--like a "garden" at City Hall. That project epitomizes what City Council is *really* willing to commit to.

The last time I checked, the "creative class" is about 20-25% of Portland's population.

Actually, by Richard Florida's own definition and admission, almost 85% of Portland residents are part of the creative class.

Seriously. One Florida example: Welders.

Jack: the many children we have in City Hall grinding out Tweet after worthless Tweet, trying in vain to put lipstick on a pig.
JK: I would sure love to see an expose of this operation. I wonder how much Portland media they dominate.


ecohuman:The ironic part is, Portland policy (and land use practices) run almost opposite to this kind of feel-goodness. For example, Saltzman praised the community gardens program years ago, promised to expand it--then promptly shut down two of the most popular ones and let developers build on them. . .

Fits so perfectly with what I have written about here in the past:
Curtain Open
Curtain Closed

Curtain Open: What is PR and marketed to us and to others around the country about how “sustainable” and what good planning we have here, etc.

Curtain Closed: The behind the scenes that do the opposite and are not in the public interest.

Go by pigsty!

(...and while you're at it, put on some lipstick!)

Snards: . . I really don't know if I'm going to make it in this town. I feel contempt for about a third of the people who live here. And they're the most vocal and seem to control everything.

I am afraid you are not alone in that thought.

City of Roses represented a city of beauty and livability. What happened to ours?

We have seen our livability being incrementally taken away from us and to benefit whom? Of course, they had to change the name to the City That Works to do it. How has the horrendous infill, traffic congestion and the list is longer worked for us?

It is sad to have this happen. I believe that what has happened has been planned for years “under the Curtain Open” theme and then 'behind the Curtain Closed" is what has been working against us.

I have often wondered how much of our money may have been used to sales pitch our area? I believe it may helped to have the new people who will support the agenda be lured in here and that assists those who benefit at our expense and of course helps the insiders to stay in.

I am sad about this. I do not like the feeling that I may have to leave in order to get away from really what I consider an ugly scene here.

I recognize that there is no perfect place to land and that no matter where one goes, if one is aware, there will be something to contend. However, I also feel that we have been way way overloaded here with things absolutely not right.

I am conflicted as I do not feel like I should have to be driven out by the frustration as week after week announcements here of yet another dysfunctional council decision and other county, metro, etc. neighborhood level aspects makes me have to wonder about continuing on in this town.

I find I want to live in a community of people who care enough to not let this happen. I do not want to live in this kind of negative community as though I am living in a controlled arena while the Curtain Open promotes how wonderful we have citizen input! An unhealthy pallor permeates our city. We have less safety, less services, now we are getting constant announcements of needing more citizens volunteering and in some cases putting citizens in danger, but they don’t care. We are paying more and more and getting less and less.

I do know that for myself it has been good to be able to communicate after years of frustration about this on Jacks blog.
Thank you to Jack for this avenue for I know I am not alone with this dysfunctional whatever is going on here in our city.

Thank you to you Snards and your comments that resonate. Thank you to Bill McDonald for bringing in the financial aspects of Goldman Sachs, bonds and so forth, I especially liked your comments on BP and calling out our government as though they are bellhops. Thanks to Ben, who is as passionate and persistent about stopping the $$ going on the Milwaukie light rail and I am about stopping the $$ on unnecessary PWB projects. Thanks to so many of you, if I mentioned all, the column would become too long. You know who you are that care and have shared in here.

This is the background pic they use on Urban Farm. I'm not sure what they are growing or how you would eat it.


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