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Trader Joe´s drops black-
neighborhood store plan

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 2/3/2014 11:10:09 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Trader Joe´s grocery-store chain has dropped a plan to open a new store in the heart of the city´s historically African-American neighborhood after activists said the development would price black residents out of the area. (Snip) It sent the city a letter saying it would "remain opposed to any development in N/NE Portland that does not primarily benefit the Black community." It said the grocery-store development would "increase the desirability of the neighborhood," for "non-oppressed populations." Mayor Charlie Hales and the urban renewal agency´s executive director, Patrick Quinton, signed a letter in January that described what

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Insane - the store would bring jobs and increase the neighborhood´s desirability, and activists use those reasons to stop the store from opening.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: melanie, 2/3/2014 11:24:16 PM     (No. 9718304)

Does "non-oppressed" mean you have a job?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Peach1, 2/3/2014 11:27:57 PM     (No. 9718307)

I think "non-oppressed" is code for whitey.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 2/3/2014 11:38:20 PM     (No. 9718315)

We slum - we gon stay slum. D´velopement? Ain´t nobody got time fo´ dat. Where my obamafon at?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Subal, 2/3/2014 11:41:47 PM     (No. 9718317)

Just keeping the brothers ´down on the farm!´

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 2/3/2014 11:41:56 PM     (No. 9718318)

Too upscale and trendy even for me for the most part, but my wife does buy the $2.99 Charles Shaw wine (a/k/a "Two Buck Chuck") there by the case.

But yes, this does sound like a case of "whitey keep out" to me.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 4justice, 2/4/2014 12:01:33 AM     (No. 9718328)

How dare they bring up property values, bring jobs in and possibly improve these people´s lives! We must keep the area oppressed. ...ugh

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 2/4/2014 12:12:29 AM     (No. 9718333)

Perhaps the name "Trader Joe´s" is a little too close to "Slave Trader Joe´s" and set off some Pavlovian impulse to say no to the store - and I´m only half kidding - the victim mentality among some of these folks is constantly on their minds.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 2/4/2014 12:15:29 AM     (No. 9718334)

Hey, this is simply more "Portland" economics. They don´t believe in free-market, per sé.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Shimmer128, 2/4/2014 12:25:45 AM     (No. 9718339)

"The lot is at Northeast Alberta Street and Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and has been vacant for years."

Vacant for years.....so exactly how would this displace the Africans in the neighborhood?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: sailor43, 2/4/2014 12:33:15 AM     (No. 9718347)

I suspect this actually has to do with food "supplements" provided by the city/county to the unfortunate residents of an urban "food desert".

Eliminate the desert and you are no longer eligible. http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-27063-portlands_food_deserts.html

Thus, you end up having to pay for food you were getting for free and this really cuts into the fast food/slurpee part of your diet.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 2/4/2014 12:54:50 AM     (No. 9718359)

Black leaders must maintain segregation, even if they have to do it themselves, to keep the "civil rights" gravy train running. The first targets in inner-city rioting are always the markets, and during non-riot times they are the targets for robberies and shoplifting. So, stores do not do business there and that gives the "civil rights leaders" one of their biggest "racist" arguments. The last thing they want is for some "whitey" businessman to take their demands seriously.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: TheFrisian, 2/4/2014 1:01:53 AM     (No. 9718363)



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Reply 13 - Posted by: leonardo, 2/4/2014 1:08:26 AM     (No. 9718367)

HOW IRONIC ~ The leaders of the Black neighborhood are themselves placing CHAINS on those blacks on their "plantation": "No JOBS for you from Whitey even though black unemployment is disastrously high." "No CHOICE of buying from Whitey will be permitted." "NO improvement in the selection of merchants will be allowed even if it helps financially-strapped residents make ends meet via lower grocery prices." "We know what´s best for our blacks, and sometimes chains are necessary to keep them uppity blacks in line."

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Reply 14 - Posted by: TheFrisian, 2/4/2014 1:09:32 AM     (No. 9718369)

Sorry for the above non-entry.
It is true that gentrification makes the lower cost neighborhoods unaffordable for the old-timers and the working poor. Putting a Trader Joes in that area of Portland would just bring in more hipsters and liberals with their demands for bike trails, etc. My daughter lives in that area and I visit quite a bit, believe me, there are enough Trader Joes and Whole Markets to keep everyone happy.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: rlcnutter, 2/4/2014 1:16:41 AM     (No. 9718372)

I think this is called cutting off your nose to spite your face.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Moritz55, 2/4/2014 2:27:54 AM     (No. 9718390)

Ironic, too, that we have been begging for Trader Joe´s to open a store on the east side of the Cascades (in the Tri-cities) without success.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 2/4/2014 2:52:37 AM     (No. 9718393)

Our nearest TJ´s is in an upscale area--Mount Pleasant. Besides the fact that I can buy good wine at a reasonable price (Three Buck Chuck--it was Two Buck Chuck when the price was $1.99), it is, amazingly, less expensive for me to shop there than, say, Publix, Harris Teeter or Bi-Lo.

TJ´s prices are much lower than Whole Foods and, in many cases, their healthy cereals, for instance, are considerably lower in price than big chain supermarkets.

#10 has provided a rational reason for the opposition. I did once volunteer at a food co-op in Durham, NC, the only grocery store for miles in a black neighborhood, and even though the Volvos parked outside were testament to "white elites," it didn´t "price black residents out of the neighborhood"--they just went to the convenience stores, often attached to gas stations. The co-op began to stock cheap white bread because the customers didn´t like whole grain bread and preferred the sliced white--they would rather walk a few more blocks to the convenience store to buy that bread for a high price. Shoplifting was tolerated by the co-op´s board members because, they said, blacks had been historically mistreated (the major reason I quit volunteering there). Maybe that´s another reason to prevent TJ´s from opening up--it´s more difficult to shoplift from a store like TJ´s.

And, yes, national supermarket chains had tried to do business in the area but were forced out because of heavy shoplifting and armed robberies. They usually lasted a year.

Anecdotal information but helps to round out the discussion.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 2/4/2014 2:57:12 AM     (No. 9718394)

Oops, sorry--Didn´t occur to me until I posted a response; it´s not the sort of thing that seems unusual until I thought a little more about the article above: there are more than a few black shoppers at our TJ´s.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 2/4/2014 2:58:47 AM     (No. 9718395)

And corporate Trader Joe´s just heaved a sigh of relief.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: harper, 2/4/2014 3:09:58 AM     (No. 9718399)

Non-oppressed = tax payer

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/4/2014 3:17:08 AM     (No. 9718400)

They do the same thing blocking Walmart stores from opening.They blame black obesity on lack of access to healthy food,so they eat liquor store food and wind up fat.Here you offer a store opening and they block it.

Black leaders don´t want black people assimilating into the middle class because it frees them up from government programs,thus less dependents and less government workers to hold their hand through life.

Rev.Wright bullied and blasted his congregation about avoiding the middle class and that´s where Obama sat for 20 years.

The introduction of the term "non-oppresed" is very sickening.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 2/4/2014 3:18:02 AM     (No. 9718403)

Martin Luther King Boulevard! When you´re new in town, any town, this is where you can reliably go to get shot! Why would the brothers want a TJ´s there? It would only bring honky cracker gentrification, and then they´d get evicted, and would have to go move and ruin the property values in some other neighborhood. Too much effort.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: PChristopher, 2/4/2014 5:47:37 AM     (No. 9718430)

I´m more than a bit tired of the term "Gentrification" being used a pejorative. Leaders in ´oppressed´ communities pay lip service to re-energizing and rebuilding but do nothing about it. Control and a constituency can´t be maintained without ´oppressed´ people and their neighborhoods and it infuriates them when someone comes in to try to actually improve an area.

If I were Trader Joe´s, I´d be more concerned about getting flash-mobbed out of existence than pricing out the indigenous personnel.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/4/2014 8:37:45 AM     (No. 9718574)

Would anyone bet that TJ´s is non-union?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/4/2014 9:29:23 AM     (No. 9718677)

They don´t want jobs, it means responsibility and ´WORK´...a Liberal 4 letter word!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: dp1950, 2/4/2014 12:45:41 PM     (No. 9719096)

For years all I have heard from black activists and the black community is the whining that national chain grocery stores will not build in black communities. This results in obesity because the people who live there rely on neighborhood stores that stock only salt-laden canned goods or foods high in sugars. No fresh vegetables, fruits and wholesome breads. Now TJ offers to build a store there using an African-American owned construction company. They are told they would not be welcomed because of gentrification. If I was TJ, I would publish an open letter letting people know what they would offer and why they were told they were not welcome. I would then never offer to build there again. I would do this to every negative welcome in every minority neighborhood that I would hope to open a store in.

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