Willamette Week reporter Sophie Peel interviewed me, on Friday, May 14, 2021. We both recorded it. This is my transcription from my recording, edited for brevity and clarity.

The “split between local leaders and everyone else”

Sophie: [00:04:58]
There’s quite a split between local leaders, both politicians and agencies, and everyone else about how to best address the homelessness that we’re experiencing right now.

And, you know, [County Commissioner] Meieran sort of spearheaded her own plan about getting more alternative housing.

[see statement from Meieran: “Six Month Framework to Reduce Harm for People Living Outside — DISCUSSION DRAFT — 5/3/2021”;
and WW story by Peel, “
Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon…

A book/platform project concept, developed from a Twitter thread.

I saw a tweet announcing this event on June 7, hosted by the Toronto Association for Business Economics, featuring the University of Ottawa’s Dr. Tim Aubry, whom I follow.

I generously interpreted moderator Randall Bartlet’s mention of moderating the event’s Q&A session, as an opportunity to suggest a question:
(note, this post includes embedded tweets, if you see blank space it’s probably a tweet or image still loading. You may need to wait, or reload page to get it).

Kenneth Gibb, Housing researcher at Glasgow University, Director Collaborative…

People of Alumni Affairs! I wax wroth at thy solicitations.

I have sought to cast off these cries to me in the wilderness, from you and, especially unfortunately, commercial third parties who contact me on your behalf. To whom you give my private word, my email, with no clear consent, privacy practices notification, redress.

There is nothing that does more to alienate me from alumni affairs, to shade in me the University most high. It brings me to the point of removing all my info from you and the Directory, that Registry I was once so hopeful to join, coming…

(note: this story is mostly made of embedded Tweets, and a few YouTube videos. If you see a blank area below, it’s probably a Tweet or video still loading, or possibly failed to load. You can try refreshing to get all).

this was prompted by a story and Tweet from journo frenemy, LA Times housing & homelessness reporter Benjamin Oreskes: about San Francisco’s “tent encampments” — as he terms it, vs Safe Sleeping Villages or Sites, as they did, but heck, what do words matter? — as a new experiment LA might learn from:

Dang, but it just…

*satirical, describes my afternoon/evening tweet storm with Kafoury & friends in Portland.

The story referenced there was the cover story of Sunday’s The Oregonian, the Pacific Northwest’s largest-audience news publication. Thank you, reporter Nicole Hayden.

So far, a full eight hours later, I am the sole respondent to this tweet by the Chair of Oregon’s most populous county! A place at an epicenter and leading edge of the nation’s extraordinary homelessness condition:

Holy Moly, who IS this malefactor interjecting in our smoothly-onward-sailing great Ship of State, AND our great O Captain, My Captain, the Oregonian?

fully automated luxury abundant California housing, the easy way.

From the trenches of California housing reform, the essential Chris Elmendorf of UC Davis offered another valuable report recently. The housing planners have issued spreadsheets:

I applaud progress and good-faith effort, and anyone still with us on this long walk to freedom. However, these hard-won steps still seem, to we of the impatient and marginally housed sort, rather hypothetical and capacious still. They seem right in the time-honored tradition of putting much hope on (or diverting much responsibility to) conventional, commercial developers. Also, showing fallacies of planning, e.g. …

“War is the health of the State,” wrote Randolph Bourne in 1918; and perhaps here in Portland, we see how protest & occupation uprising can be the health of the multi-State or post-State. It’s a scenario where quite a range of actors might deploy and gain physical or media territory. It’s war playing out prefiguratively, in space that are highly representational — the intensely media-covered focal point of the “Justice Center” in downtown Portland; or a Tahrir Square, or Tiananmen Square. …

A friend posted about an event she would be co-hosting:
The Ethics of Living Online: A conversation with 2Fik and Alana Conner
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, 6-8 pm, Carleton College

I commented: perhaps there could be a companion event, ‘The Ethics of Living Offline’? Exploring ethical implications of having events or any social arrangements that are partly or only in physical space[1].

But where am I coming from on this, one wonders? Being a longtime public / professional event goer, but also nethead and remote attendee, I’ve long and recently been encouraging (and sometimes helping) event organizers to support online…

“every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along, that changes everything.”

Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone in January 2007 is well worth watching, or rewatching. You hear the crowd gasp and laugh delightedly at Jobs’ suave reveals; recall the marvel of things now taken for granted, like a multi-touch screen, and full web browsing on a phone, and the screen contents rotating when the phone does. You see how Jobs’ grandiose claims actually turned out surprisingly accurate, in that the iPhone was hugely world-changing, with smartphones becoming key global axis of electronics, computing, media, and everyday life.

Tim McCormick

editor, @HousingWiki; lead organizer, @VillageCollaborative; organizer/editor, @PDXshelterforum. Portland, OAK, LDN, nomadic. tmccormick at gmail.

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