Company wants to open development in an empty lot. Neighborhood cheers. And then
The fact that most members of the Portland African-American Leadership Forum didn’t live in the neighborhood was beside the point.
“This is a people’s movement for African-Americans and other
communities, for self-determination,” member Avel Gordly
said in a press conference. Even the NAACP piled on, railing against
the project as a “case study in gentrification.” (The area is about 25
After a few months of racially tinged
accusations and angry demands, Trader Joe’s decided it wasn’t worth the
hassle. “We run neighborhood stores and our approach is simple,” a corporate statement said. “If a neighborhood does not want a Trader Joe's, we understand, and we won't open the store in question.”
after Trader Joe’s pulled out, PAALF leaders arrived at a previously
scheduled press conference trying to process what just happened. The
group re-issued demands that the now-cancelled development include
affordable housing, mandated jobs based on race, and a small-business
slush fund. Instead, the only demand being met is two fallow acres and a
lot of anger from the people who actually live nearby.
Dirtbags showed up claiming "We CARE!" and making demands. And when the company got tired of being called racist and attempted extortion, they said 'Screw this' and dumped the plan. And the locals know exactly who's to blame.
“All of my neighbors were excited to have Trader Joe’s come here and replace a lot that has always been empty,” said Nghi Tran. “It’s good quality for poor men.” Like many residents, Tran pins the blame on PAALF. “They don’t come to the neighborhood cleanups,” he said. “They don’t live here anymore.”
“There are no winners today,” said Adam Milne, owner of an area restaurant. “Only missed tax revenue, lost jobs, less foot traffic, an empty lot and a boulevard still struggling to support its local small businesses.” The store was to be built by a local African American-owned construction company.
So once again the grievance-mongers and RWPPs screw everything up. But get to feel very virtuous in their own minds.
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at night," Nelson said. "I can't imagine this is how President Obama wanted it to happen."
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