Monday, July 23, 2018

Portland Oregon roses, coffee, beer, skin-heads, neo-nazis, white "city of the future"?

I always liked Oregon since my first trip up there at age 10.

I remember Professor Walther used to like to go up to Portland for recreation.

Portland is known for roses,
beer, and
naked motorcycle riders,
strip clubs,
skin-heads, and
Ku Klux Klan racists,
the "last bastion of white culture."

Sort of a strange society but a
huge port and
the best weather in the USA.

Portland has a large medical school but the 2 large universities are further south in Corvallis and Eugene.

I drove through a few times but it was raining cats and dogs so I did not see much.
Probably has a lot of mold and allergies with so much rain.

Oregon has the highest income tax in the USA but Oregon has no sales tax.

Washington State has no income tax.

Vancouver Washington is directly across the river from Portland
so retirees living there can pay no income tax
while shopping in Portland and paying no sales tax.

Sort of nice having the big city services
and great weather.

Seattle is very busy and terrible traffic problems worse than San Francisco.

Portland is growing but not such a boom town so may be easier to live there.

Do you think Portland is where the white race is/should be headed?

Or is it an anomaly or throwback to a bye-gone era?

Why is the Oregon economy lagging behind Seattle and California?


Portland lies in the Marine west coast climate region, having a climate marked by warm, dry summers and rainy but mild winters.

This climate is ideal for growing roses, and for more than a century, Portland has been known as "The City of Roses" with many rose gardens—most prominently the International Rose Test Garden.

Portland is home to a diverse array of artists and arts organizations, and was named in 2006 by American Style magazine as the tenth best Big City Arts Destination in the U.S.

Portland is well-known for its microbrewery beer.

Oregon Public Broadcasting has documented Portland's role in the microbrew revolution in the United States in a report called Beervana.

The New York Times also spotlighted Portland for its burgeoning restaurant scene

Portland has become known as a premier coffee destination in the Pacific Northwest. lists more than 20 coffee houses in Portland with 4.5-5 star ratings.

The city is home to the original Stumptown Coffee Roasters, well-known by aficionados as one of the nation's highest quality direct-trade roasteries, as well as dozens of other micro-roasteries and cafes.

Portland ranked 42nd worldwide in quality of living; the survey factored in political stability, personal freedom, sanitation, crime, housing, the natural environment, recreation, banking facilities, availability of consumer goods, education, and public services including transportation.

According to Grist magazine, Portland is the second most eco-friendly or "green" city in the world trailing only Reykjavík, Iceland.

In 2010, Move, Inc. placed Portland in its "top 10 greenest cities" list.

Portland is the largest shipper of wheat in the United States, and is the second largest port for wheat in the world.

The marine terminals alone handle over 13 million tons of cargo per year, and is home to one of the largest commercial dry docks in the country.

The Port of Portland is the third largest U.S. port on the west coast.

Because of strong free speech protections of the Oregon Constitution upheld by the Oregon Supreme Court Henry v. Oregon Constitution 1987

which specifically found that full nudity and lap dances in strip clubs are protected speech,

Portland is widely considered to have more strip clubs per capita than Las Vegas or San Francisco.

A judge dismissed charges against a nude bicyclist in November 2008 on the grounds that the city's annual World Naked Bike Ride "was a well-established tradition in Portland.

In June 2010 Portland's World Naked Bike Ride had an estimated 13,000 people.

Portland's population has been and remains predominantly white.

In 2009, Portland had the fifth-highest percentage of white residents among the 40 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

A 2007 survey concluded that Portland's urban core is the "whitest big city in the nation".

The Pacific Northwest as a whole has been called "one of the last Caucasian bastions of the United States".

Portland remains white, but migration to Portland is disproportionately white, at least partly because Portland is attractive to young college-educated Americans, a group which is overwhelmingly white.

The racial demographics today are largely a result of historic policies and trends.

The Oregon Territory banned African American immigration in 1849.

The early 1920s saw the rapid growth of The Ku Klux Klan which became very influential in Oregon politics culminating in the election of Walter M. Pierce as governor.

Widespread housing discrimination continues to affect the racial landscape today.

A 2011 audit of landlords' renting practices by the Fair Housing Council of Oregon indicated 64% of 50 leasing agents discriminated against Latino or black prospective tenants, compared with white prospective tenants.

The Oregonian stated "they were quoted higher rent and deposits, for example, or given additional fees, not offered applications or move-in specials, or shown inferior units."

In the 1980s and 1990s, radical skinhead groups flourished in Portland.

An Ethiopian student was killed by members of a skinhead group in 1988.

In 1993, TIME Magazine said, "In the eyes of a skinhead, Portland, Oregon, looks like the city of the future."

Portland's skinheads remained in the news throughout 2010, when the anti-racist group Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice argued that neo-nazi skinheads shot an anti-racist skinhead.

During redevelopment of north Portland along the MAX Yellow Line, displacement of minorities occurred at a drastic rate.

Portland ranked 53rd in violent crime out of the top 75 U.S. cities.

The murder rate in Portland is lower than the national average.


433,172 78.6% White 74.0% 81.9%

36,036 6.5% Asian 6.5% 7.7%

35,246 6.4% Black or African American 6.3% 7.7%

7,629 1.4% American Indian, Alaska Native 0.6% 2.8%

2,668 0.5% Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.6%

16,026 2.9% Some other race 0.2% 3.2%

20,449 3.7% Two or more races 3.2%

551,226 100% Total of all races

48,627 8.8% Total Hispanic/Latino (of any race)

Climate data for Portland, Oregon (PDX)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C)

Average high °F (°C) 45.6
(7.56) 50.3
(10.17) 55.7
(13.17) 60.5
(15.83) 66.7
(19.28) 72.7
(22.61) 79.3
(26.28) 79.7
(26.5) 74.6
(23.67) 63.3
(17.39) 51.8
(11) 45.4
(7.44) 62.1

Average low °F (°C) 34.2
(1.22) 35.9
(2.17) 38.6
(3.67) 41.9
(5.5) 47.5
(8.61) 52.6
(11.44) 56.9
(13.83) 57.3
(14.06) 52.5
(11.39) 45.2
(7.33) 39.8
(4.33) 35.0
(1.67) 44.8
Record low °F (°C) −2

Precipitation inches (mm) 5.07
(128.8) 4.18
(106.2) 3.71
(94.2) 2.64
(67.1) 2.38
(60.5) 1.59
(40.4) .72
(18.3) .93
(23.6) 1.65
(41.9) 2.88
(73.2) 5.61
(142.5) 5.71
(145) 37.07

Snowfall inches (cm) 1.6
(4.1) 1.6
(4.1) 0
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0) .6
(1.5) 1.3
(3.3) 5.2

Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 17.2 15.8 17.2 15.3 12.8 8.8 4.4 4.8 7.5 11.4 18.9 18.3 152.4

Avg. snowy days(≥ 0.1 in) 1.0 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .4 1.3 3.8

Sunshine hours 86.8 118.7 192.2 222.0 275.9 291.0 331.7 297.6 237.0 151.9 78.0 65.1 2,347.9

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