Community responds to city-subsidized thievery of Vanport lot for a Trader Joe’s.

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“We’re here protesting the PDC and the role that they have played in this community for the last 50 or 60 years,” Gilliam said. “They control our development, and they provided a $2.5 million subsidy, approximately, to one of the richest families in America, in order for them to further their real estate business. That money could be used for job training, it could be used for housing, it could be used to fund our education. It could be used for any number of things that could help stabilize this community.”  —Steve Gilliam, talking to The Skanner

“The PDC might as well throw us a farewell party planned for the day this new big box market opens,” Cherry Sprout owners Amanda Wiles and Katherine S. Nichols wrote in a letter to the PDC on Nov. 14, the day after Trader Joe’s was confirmed as the mystery tenant. –quoted in the Oregonian

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