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N MID-DENSITY ZONES, PORTLAND HAS A CHOICE: GARAGES OR LOW PRICES

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According to calculations from the city’s own contracted analysts, if off-street parking spaces are required in the city’s new “RM2” zone, then the most profitable thing for a landowner to build on one of these properties in inner Portland is 10 townhomes, each valued at $733,000, with an on-site garage.

But if off-street parking isn’t required, then the most profitable thing to build is a 32-unit mixed-income building, including 28 market-rate condos selling for an average of $280,000 and four below-market condos—potentially created in partnership with a community land trust like Portland’s Proud Ground—sold to households making no more than 60 percent of the area’s median income.

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Constructive ambiguity

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Constructive ambiguity is a term generally credited to Henry Kissinger, said to be the foremost exponent of the negotiating tactic it designates.[1] It refers to the deliberate use of ambiguous language on a sensitive issue in order to advance some political purpose. Constructive ambiguity is often disparaged as fudging. It might be employed in a negotiation, both to disguise an inability to resolve a contentious issue on which the parties remain far apart and to do so in a manner that enables each to claim obtaining some concession on it.

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Neoliberalism in Europe

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From: The Origins of European Neo-liberalism by Nicholas Mulder

The real source of neoliberalism in Europe is neither technocracy nor hegemony but a problem specific to the continent: intergovernmentalism........

While the name Lisbon connotes the triumph of the neoliberal model in Europe, it may also foreshadow a possible way out of that model’s clutches. Since November 2015, Portugal has been the only Eurozone and EU member state which has been able to combine left-wing economic and social policies with material recovery while remaining committed to European institutions. The Portuguese progressive experiment under Lisbon’s former mayor, the Socialist prime minister António Costa, illustrates one possible path for the European left: capturing power in national elections and rolling back budget cuts and privatizations, thereby boosting growth and reducing debt.

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Geum triflorum prairie smoke, old man's whiskers from New Moon Nurseries http://www.newmoonnursery.com/plant/Geum-triflorum

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Gleich·schal·tung

/ˈɡlīkˌSHalto͝oNG/

the standardization of political, economic, and social institutions as carried out in authoritarian states.

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la·cu·na
/ləˈk(y)o͞onə/

an unfilled space or interval; a gap.
"the journal has filled a lacuna in Middle Eastern studies"
a missing portion in a book or manuscript.

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Portugal as a Path to Follow

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From: The Origins of European Neo-liberalism by Nicholas Mulder

The real source of neoliberalism in Europe is neither technocracy nor hegemony but a problem specific to the continent: intergovernmentalism........

While the name Lisbon connotes the triumph of the neoliberal model in Europe, it may also foreshadow a possible way out of that model’s clutches. Since November 2015, Portugal has been the only Eurozone and EU member state which has been able to combine left-wing economic and social policies with material recovery while remaining committed to European institutions. The Portuguese progressive experiment under Lisbon’s former mayor, the Socialist prime minister António Costa, illustrates one possible path for the European left: capturing power in national elections and rolling back budget cuts and privatizations, thereby boosting growth and reducing debt.

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Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

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“As workers, most men in our culture (like working women) are controlled, dominated. Unlike working women, working men are fed daily a fantasy diet of male supremacy and power. In actuality, they have very little power, and they know it. Yet they do not rebel against the economic order or make revolution. They are socialized by ruling powers to accept their dehumanization and exploitation in the public world of work, and they are taught to expect that the private world, the world of home and intimate relationships, will restore to them their sense of power, which they equate with masculinity. They are taught that they will be able to rule in the home, to control and dominate, that this is the big payoff for their acceptance of an exploitative economic social order. By condoning and perpetuating male domination of women to prevent rebellion on the job, ruling male capitalists ensure that male violence will be expressed in the home and not in the work force.”

— bell hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (via heavyweightheart)

 

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antonomasia

/ˌantənəˈmeɪzɪə,anˌtɒnəˈmeɪzɪə/

noun
1.
LINGUISTICS
the substitution of an epithet or title for a proper name (e.g. the Maid of Orleans for Joan of Arc).
2.
the use of a proper name to express a general idea (e.g. a Scrooge for a miser).

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anodyne
/ Anədʌɪn /
adjective
not likely to cause offense or disagreement and somewhat dull.
"anodyne music"
synonyms: bland , inoffensive , innocuous , neutral , unobjectionable , unexceptionable , unremarkable , commonplace , dull , tedious , run-of-the-mill
"she tried to keep the conversation as anodyne as possible"

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hypnagogic
/ˌhɪpnəˈɡɒdʒɪk/
relating to the state immediately before falling asleep.