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Oregonian: Southeast Portland tenants mount rent strike

Oregonian, August 1, 2018: Southeast Portland tenants mount rent strike Tenants at a Southeast Portland apartment complex are mounting a rent strike after they say their landlord raised rents while failing to address maintenance concerns. Twenty-five residents of Holgate Manor, an 81-unit complex near Southeast 36th Place and Holgate Boulevard, say they won’t pay rent until a series …

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The Washington Post: In expensive cities, rents fall for the rich — but rise for the poor

The Washington Post, August 6, 2018: In expensive cities, rents fall for the rich — but rise for the poor U.S. cities struggling with soaring housing costs have found some success in lowering rents this year, but that relief has not reached the renters most at risk of losing their housing. Nationally, the pace of rent …

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The New York Times: Review: ‘Blindspotting’ walks a tense line in a gentrifying Oakland

The opening credits of “Blindspotting” showcase the city of Oakland, Calif., in split-screen, offering two distinctive points of view. One side shows a vibrant multiracial culture living in a frequently beleaguered environment; the other a gentrifying city whose newest residents — young, white, start-up-happy, new-money types — seem eager to embrace the area’s “authenticity,” as long as their interactions with its longtime residents don’t involve any real discomfort.