The Earth Isn’t Dying, It’s Being Killed by Realtors

In 2013 the US was still reeling from the collapse of the housing market in 2008. While hundreds of thousands of Americans unjustly lost their homes, many foreclosed on illegally, there was one upside to this collapse. For a few years at least, irresponsible sprawl development was put on hold across most the nation. I… Continue reading The Earth Isn’t Dying, It’s Being Killed by Realtors

AirBNB, Displacement, and Freezing the Homeless to Death

On Martin Luther King Day it was reported an infant, possibly only hours old, had died in a homeless camp near a bus stop in downtown Portland, Oregon. First responders rushed the baby to OHSU, but it was too late. Reports were inconclusive as to whether the child was in fact stillborn, or died shortly after… Continue reading AirBNB, Displacement, and Freezing the Homeless to Death

Bowie and Prince are Dead, Long Live the Bowie vs Prince Ride!

Unless your heart’s made of Duke coal, you’ve been mourning a fast growing list of dead rock stars in this current year of our Lord 2016. Perhaps they saw a shit storm a’ comin’ by way of our ever-more depressing political prospects this election and decided it was time to migrate to that VIP section… Continue reading Bowie and Prince are Dead, Long Live the Bowie vs Prince Ride!

‘Mad Max’ Is Here, and SHELL Is the Lord Humungus

It’s been almost a week since shit went down in Portland. In case you missed the news, a Shell ice-breaker bound for the arctic was blocked by hordes of kayaktivists, and a dozen or so dangling Greenpeace blockaders. For over forty hours, the icebreaker Fennica was detained under de facto citizen’s arrest, costing Shell several million dollars… Continue reading ‘Mad Max’ Is Here, and SHELL Is the Lord Humungus

A Hellscape Among the Ruins: Zug Island

Most rust-belt cities are rebranding themselves with all sorts of green/sustainable accolades lately. Modest accomplishment is trumpeted with loud fanfare. Amid this greenwashing, city councils jubilantly downplay the harm remaining heavy industries cause. Usually, they pretend they don’t exist, or that JOBS are more important so go back to bed, pollution isn’t that bad. This deception proves effective:… Continue reading A Hellscape Among the Ruins: Zug Island

Rebel Portland: Clean Water Warriors Claim Victory

Note: this article was originally published on May 24, 2013 as the fifth installment of my six part series for Mismanaging Perception on the unsuccessful campaign to fluoridate Portland’s water supply. If you worked on the ‘Healthy Kids Healthy Portland‘ campaign promoting fluoridation of Portland’s legendary Bull Run fresh water, you’re probably not having the best week.  You’re probably thinking,… Continue reading Rebel Portland: Clean Water Warriors Claim Victory

Consenting to Clean Water

Note: this article was originally published on May 10, 2013 as the fourth installment of my six part series for Mismanaging Perception on the unsuccessful campaign to fluoridate Portland’s water supply. It’s worth noting that this was my only guest submission to Blue Oregon to ever be rejected. By now you’ve likely received your special election ballot in the mail,… Continue reading Consenting to Clean Water

Fluoride Lobby Fumbles at Public Debate

Note: this article was originally published on April 11, 2013 as the second installment of my six part series for Mismanaging Perception on the unsuccessful campaign to fluoridate Portland’s water supply. Wednesday night’s debate to discuss the pros and cons of adding fluorosilicic acid (aka fluoride) to the Bull Run water supply that Portland depends upon… Continue reading Fluoride Lobby Fumbles at Public Debate

The Battle For Bull Run: Fighting Against Fluoridation

Note: this article was originally published on April 8, 2013 as the first installment of my six part series for Mismanaging Perception on the unsuccessful campaign to fluoridate Portland’s water supply. With the amount of media blitzing that’s bombarded Portland’s airwaves, interwebs, and neighborhood front yards, you’d have thought the dual campaigns for and against fluoridating Bull… Continue reading The Battle For Bull Run: Fighting Against Fluoridation

The Life and Times of Clinton Street’s Guerrilla Diverters

Tactical urbanism, also known as guerrilla urbanism, is a practice that’s garnered increasing interest in recent years. Most of us are so used to authorities shaping the physical space in which we live. The idea of individuals altering streets and buildings to their own desire seems almost taboo. Some frustrated with this stagnation of bureaucracy have taken direct action. They’re redesigning… Continue reading The Life and Times of Clinton Street’s Guerrilla Diverters