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Portland: A Tale of Two Cities

Portland: A Tale of Two Cities | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it

"Portland is a city that some residents praise as a kind of eden: full of bike paths, independently-owned small businesses, great public transportation and abundant microbreweries and coffeeshops. And then there’s a whole other city. It’s the city where whole stretches of busy road are missing sidewalks, and you can see folks in wheelchairs rolling themselves down the street right next to traffic. It’s the city where some longtime African-American residents feel as if decades of institutional racism still have not been fully addressed."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 8, 2013 1:11 PM

Portland, Oregon is often discussed as a magnet for a young demographic that wants to be part of a sustainable city that supports local businesses and agriculture.  This podcast looks behind that image (which has a measure of truth to it) to see another story.  Relining, gentrification, poverty, governance and urban planning are all prominent topics in this 50 minute podcast that provides as fascinating glimpse into the poorer neighborhoods of this intriguing West Coast city.  When in cities, we often use the term sustainability to refer to the urban ecology, but here we see a strong concern for the social sustainability of their historic neighborhoods as well. 


Tags: neighborhood, gentrificationurban, place, culture, economic, racepovertyplace, socioeconomic.

Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, November 19, 2013 1:21 PM

Recently I came across a craigslist post from a gentleman who was trying to rally individuals to Portland with him for a journey on the "Michigan Trail" to Detroit. He made promise that the intention was to perform rejuvinating work in  Detroit alongside it's current residents and that there would be "no gentrification." 

Not that I found these statements or intentions to be profound or useful in anyway, but this podcast really put a nail in the coffin for me. The effects of gentrification are well known for both their positive and negative aspects. But the bottom line is this, regardless of intention the poor and diverse populations will be displaced unless it is from them that this renaissance takes place. Not Portlandia hipsters looking for some sort of "promise land."  

Portland apparentely has it's own issues with gentrification and a class of social and cultural norms that make it difficult to make the case for cities on the rise to take the same path.  

Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, November 27, 2013 6:12 PM

I don't think that Earth offers everything for everyone.  Given the situation of predetermination about birthplace and essentially upbringing, social class, and outcomes, in an infinite universe (infinite until proven otherwise), a single small planet cannot possibly offer us everything we are destined to need in the universe, let alone the towns that we are limited to.  I do not believe in choice, I believe in destiny... I do not blame people for racism or crimes, as HORRIBLE as they may be. I think that people are made into what they are by the world around them, in existential and defining ways.  Yeah, there is plenty of room for improvement and change in Oregon, but realistically, there is also more room for improvement in other areas too.  I don't really see humans as the sort of people that will ever get better without some sort of divine intervention.  I am taking the perspective of separation of paradise and purgatory that was mentioned in this article, and applying it to a different scale, but I do believe that mankind is to be condemned by the universe, due to its faults and inability to play well with others.  The world freaks out when kidnapping victims are found after a decade of abuse and captivity, but this same world breeds animals for slaughter and consumption... Earthlings clearly have been taught to not care about those that are different, whether in looks or species... I think the kidnapping situation is vile and appalling, but I also think that breeding species for slaughter (which affects more living beings) is democratically more of an issue.

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Nearly 200 nations commit to Paris climate deal

Nearly 200 nations commit to Paris climate deal | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
China and the United States, the world's top producers of greenhouse gas emissions, have pledged to formally adopt a Paris deal to slow global warming.
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In Defense of Micro-Apartments

In Defense of Micro-Apartments | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The severely scaled-down units are neither a utopia nor a dystopia. In fact, they expand housing options across many demographics.
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How liveable is your Sydney suburb?

How liveable is your Sydney suburb? | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
A new Urban Living Index ranks 228 Sydney suburban areas for liveability.
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Lucy Turnbull slated for Greater Sydney role

Lucy Turnbull slated for Greater Sydney role | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The Turnbull family's remarkable ascendancy to the apex of Australian political life appears set to continue.
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Italian Neighbors Build a Social Network, First Online, Then Off

Italian Neighbors Build a Social Network, First Online, Then Off | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
An idea that began with a Facebook page started by two people looking to make friends has expanded beyond the narrow confines of Via Fondazza in Bologna.
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A forgotten path reopens between two Sydney icons

A forgotten path reopens between two Sydney icons | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
For nearly 150 years, a short ribbon of railway between Central Station and Darling Harbour was the main artery of Sydney. That link has lain largely dormant and disused for decades.
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Urban Renewal In Sydney
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Urban Renewal in Sydney

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Parramatta's once in a lifetime opportunity

Parramatta's once in a lifetime opportunity | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
One of the state's grand old cities is now its great hope for economic prosperity - 'the infrastructure capital of the world', as the premier put it.
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Urban Renewal and Urban Consolidation in Parramatta, Useful for HSC Urban Dynamics.

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Climate drives 'new era' in Arctic Ocean - BBC News

Climate drives 'new era' in Arctic Ocean - BBC News | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Changes in the Arctic Ocean are so profound that the region is entering what amounts to "a new era", according to Norwegian scientists.
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Australia's richest and poorest postcodes revealed in taxation statistics

Australia's richest and poorest postcodes revealed in taxation statistics | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Australia's richest live in harbourside Sydney and earn more than eight times the nation's poorest, Tax Office statistics show.
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Record sea-surface temperatures in Pacific point to record warmth in 2015 and 2016

Record sea-surface temperatures in Pacific point to record warmth in 2015 and 2016 | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Sea temperatures around Australia are posting "amazing" records that climate specialists say signal global records set in 2014 may be broken this year and next.
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Australia's migratory shorebirds at risk from Asia's urban sprawl

Australia's migratory shorebirds at risk from Asia's urban sprawl | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Australia's migratory shorebirds are being threatened by the rapid decline of key feeding grounds in north-east Asia, according to Australian researchers.
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Global biodiversity suffers as humanity lives beyond its means

Global biodiversity suffers as humanity lives beyond its means | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Australia’s ecological footprint is the 13th-largest in the world - and is likely to get bigger following the repeal of the carbon tax, conservation group WWF has warned.
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Abbot Point dredging approval under heavy fire

Abbot Point dredging approval under heavy fire | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The sludge has hit the fan, as opposition to the approvals for dumping of dredge from Abbot Point on the iconic tourist attraction gains traction writes Peter Hannam.
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Malcolm Turnbull to borrow big in multi-billion cities plan

Malcolm Turnbull to borrow big in multi-billion cities plan | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will scrap what he calls blank cheques for state and local government infrastructure projects and announce a ramp-up of debt t
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National jostling to get the best of Antarctica

National jostling to get the best of Antarctica | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Various countries are rushing to assert greater influence in the Antarctic, with an eye not just toward the day protective treaties expire, but also for the ...
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The Ganges River Is Dying Under the Weight of Modern India

The Ganges River Is Dying Under the Weight of Modern India | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The country’s future depends on keeping the holy river alive.

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Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 14, 2015 7:00 PM

The Ganges River is a place of religion for these people, they see it as a place where they can bathe for the forgiveness of sins and for ancestors alike. The only problem with this really is that it is a very dirty river, sewage and other sorts of waste, germs and disease are running through it. Unfortunately, the people are drinking from this river.  

Alex Vielman's curator insight, December 15, 2015 12:21 AM

The Ganges River is the most populated region in all of India. The river is sacred and is very holy to the people of India. The river is a religious river in which the people residing in the area use it as a symbolization or purification, life, bathing and drinking. The bigger issue for 'purification' is the fact that the river is very polluted and unsanitary. The pollution not only threatens the people because it could be used for drinking but it also affects the thousands of species, for example fish, that are in the river. The fish could be a source of food for the very overpopulated area but instead the very own people of India are damaging the river. One would think that a river so sacred would be protected and cleaned but it fails to meet these standards. Overall, regardless of the pollution, India still uses it for its religious beliefs and still declare it a holy river. 

Sarah Holloway's curator insight, February 16, 6:26 PM

This article touches on very serious religious and environmental issues connected to the Ganges River.  The Ganges is the sacred river of Hinduism and in part because the river valley is the most heavily populated region of India.  Simultaneously, this holy river is an incredibly polluted river as it's the watershed for a industrial region that struggles with significant sanitation problems; this is a great article on the environmental and cultural issues of development.

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The unlikely new capital of global chia production

The unlikely new capital of global chia production | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The hip, healthful and expensive seeds which have come to grace every cafe menu and bakery in Australia's most switched on suburbs.
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A fresh look at how we live

A fresh look at how we live | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Architect James Russell and his clients Wayne and Leisa Timms weren't going to be dictated to.
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Will the Great Barrier Reef be declared endangered by the UN?

Will the Great Barrier Reef be declared endangered by the UN? | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Early on Saturday morning we get the biggest clue yet to whether the Great Barrier Reef will be deemed a world heritage site "in danger".
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Urban Places: Future Cities. Article by Michael Stahl provides insights into the new environmental direction of cities. 

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Australia's fattest and fittest areas revealed

Australia's fattest and fittest areas revealed | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The Darling Downs region in Queensland's south-east is known for producing exquisitely marbled beef, and stats show human inhabitants are similarly far from lean.
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Sydney's economic centre drifts away from the CBD towards Concord

Sydney's economic centre drifts away from the CBD towards Concord | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Sydney's economic centre of gravity has been drifting north-west and is now where you'd least expect it.
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Marine sanctuaries face new mining threat after permits issued for petroleum exploration

Marine sanctuaries face new mining threat after permits issued for petroleum exploration | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
Permits that would allow industry to look for petroleum in marine sanctuaries have been quietly granted by the Abbott government while it reviews 40 freshly minted new marine reserves.
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Ross Gittins on Australian home truths: why high property prices are here to stay

Ross Gittins on Australian home truths: why high property prices are here to stay | Year 12 Geography | Scoop.it
The pressures of urban geography in Australia's largest cities are likely to stave off possible market collapse.
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