Note: This piece was composed a few weeks ago, but not posted because it didn’t seem… postworthy. But it makes a nice pairing with the San Francisco piece from earlier today; same theme, the idiotic economic practices of urban utopian progressives.
Trader Joe’s … which I believe is a well-regarded retail establishment among progressive lefties… wanted to build a new store on a vacant lot in Portland, Oregon and bring jobs, business opportunities, and revenues to an economically challenged area of the city. This made a group of grievance-mongers very angry, and so they rose in protest against the store’s construction.
The loudest complaints came from PAALF, the Portland African American Leadership Forum. The group sent a blistering letter to city leaders in December, demanding a stop to the process and calling it “fraught with injustice.”
“Injustice” meaning that jobs and opportunity were going to be brought into their community, apparently. Anyway, they succeeded,Trader Joe’s canceled their development plans. But the grievance-mongers … surprise surprise… still weren’t happy. And issued new demands:
PAALF leaders said the development commission should publish a comprehensive accounting of the tax increment financing and spending in the Interstate corridor urban renewal area and compose a legally binding community benefits agreement to ensure the employment of African Americans in the construction of PDC sites.
Gee, it’s almost as though they are more interesting in constantly airing their grievances than having actual economic development in their community.