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on Food Access
Interesting discussion today. But, I must take issue with the shortsighted thinking in the past decade of the city of Portland in relation to landowners and high density housing.
In the older neighborhoods of this fine city many lots are larger and very suitable to huge gardens however in the recent past developers were allowed to come in and push for high density dwellings and bingo there goes the land. Yes I know people need to live somewhere and we're trying to limit sprawl but think for god sake you build a mcmansion and you have occupied good growing culture.
On the point of taxation and expanding high density housing many of the family farms still in existence I.E Rossi , cereghino and guisto have been squeezed by the county to take their land out of production and sell for high density housing. taxes on these large plots which do indeed feed hundreds if not thousands of people have gone up and these families are finding it more and more difficult to even keep their way of life going. OK lets say these families sell out and in comes the apartments and high density dwellings ok where will your food come from now?
On Sam adams point regarding the lents and Parkrose neighborhoods not having access to grocery stores within a mile. Well I can't speak for lents but as for Parkrose Mayor Sam has once again shown how incredibly disconnected he is. We have 2 count them 2 WINCO stores one on 102nd and one on 122nd a fred meyer just across from the winco on 102nd I realize these are in the gateway district but they are in fact less than a mile from the maywood park/ parkrose area. To add insult to his statement theres a beuatiful pan asian market on Prescott and 97th in a former sentry market. The staff are wonderful and the produce is relatively low priced and fresh fresh fresh local mostly.
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