“The REED COLLEGE FOREVER! Mercury”

Monday, July 17th, 2017

There’s a city between Seattle & San Francisco, w/an Int’l Airport, but … there’s a college on the periphery (not Oberlin) that churns out people who’ve incubated (since the late ’90s) without being able to hit the ground (thanks to Portland).

Unlike UT Austin, which has grad schools, is a public university of some standing nationally, and overlaps with city life — or PSU, for that matter (Top 5 “Innovative Colleges” in US News in recent years) — or UMich Ann Arbor, Chapel Hill, or Berkeley, these people seem to think, well, of themselves.

True, they’re adolescents, but that ends, unless it doesn’t, in which case you find out, for good or for ill, for the marginally successful or for those still, some awkward 3 or 5-year chunks later, still trying to find themselves a “niche” to hang in there with …

… unless you write for the Portland Mercury.

IN WHICH CASE: “Thanks for the calendars and ads, city full of people working and doing arts stuff, let alone environmental stuff and gov’t stuff!  See ya next week.  We’re still in the headspace we were in at Reed.”

It’s like they have no idea the city made the right choices (setting an Urban Growth Boundary, etc.) in 1973, when they needed to be made by every city in America — and only Portland, Oregon got a “pass” grade, the others got “fail” (but some not as bad as others).

This shit’ll catch up with you, or it won’t, but only due to avoidance bubbles — at someone else’s cost, not necessarily measurable in dollars or even cred. but in potentialities, forks in the road taken, now gone.

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