The Right to the City.

“A ‘logic of representation’ centers on the rights of groups and individuals to make their desires and needs known, to represent themselves to others and to the state – even if through struggle – as legitimate claimants to public considerations. Such a logic requires the acceptance of a (near) universal and positive right of representation. Yet, as with any other right, such a right cannot be guaranteed (“accepted”) in the abstract – rather, it is something always to struggle toward. In this struggle, the development – or often the radical claiming – of a space for representation, a place in which groups and individuals can make themselves visible, is crucial.

While it is no doubt true that the work of citizenship requires a multitude of spaces, from the most private to the most public, at the same time public spaces are decisive, for it is here that the desires and needs of individuals and groups can be seen, and therefore recognized, resisted, or (not at all paradoxically for thoroughly materialist rather than idealist normative social practices ) wiped out. The logic of representation demands the construction  – or, better, the social production – of certain (though not necessarily predetermined) kinds of public space.

–Don Mitchell, “The Right to the City”

Portland Postcards.

The quiet genius that drives Portland Postcards continues to offer us a different way of seeing the buildings that surround us. Take a look at:

Vanport Square

Small Parts Manufacturing

Miracles Club (the music for this postcard is pretty cute.)

County Building on MLK

Conga Club building (this building needs an actual name)

Elevated Coffee

H&B Pawn Shop (thumbs up to the sounds here)


United Fire & Safety

Old Town Pizza

The P.A.C.E. building at Wygant

DePaul at Alberta

Me2Fitness at Alberta

McCoy Village

Portland Observer

Rhythm Traders (with drums as it should be)

and of course: Portland’s most famous empty lot.





PAALF at Race Talks ~ Kennedy School, this Tuesday.

“The Role of PAALF in Dismantling Economic Inequality & Gentrification in Portland”
Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue – Kennedy School – Gymnasium -Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. event | Free


Hear from Steven Gilliam and Robin Johnson, members of the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF), about the economic inequality and gentrification in the city, using the recent Trader Joe’s controversy as an example.

Photographic historian Tom Robinson will provide a visual context through a presentation of historic and current photos.