Portland’s dance with home demolitions plays out in neighborhoods and in The Portland Chronicle | OregonLive.com

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By Mike Francis | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on February 02, 2015 at 5:03 AM

Anybody who’s wandered Portland’s streets has seen the signs of change.

Massive construction dumpsters, deposited on a lawn. Stripped shingles, strewn over former gardens. Signs reading “Stop the home demolitions.”

With home prices rising and sprawl checked by the Urban Growth Boundary, pressures are rising on Portland’s traditional neighborhoods. With a rising tide of home demolitions in favor of larger, more expensive houses or multifamily developments, neighbors and activists are concerned about the erosion of the urban fabric. Objections have risen in each of the city’s five “quadrants,” prompting the City Council to consider imposing a 120-day delay in demolitions in some situations.

As part of the growing conversation about the trend, a website calling itself The Portland Chronicle has become a reliable catalog of demolition applications. Its writers aren’t named and the person answering queries to the editor said the members of the small staff prefer to remain anonymous. A whois search of the website registration offers no clues.

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