Friday, December 30, 2005
This is a new business in our neighborhood: Lucky Mart. They’re on the corner of North Portsmouth and North Lombard. And this is the corner that gentrification forgot.
This used to be St. Johns Video. Alas, they didn’t make it, and the building sat empty. But then work started to be done. Bars went up on the window. The awning announcing yet another convenience market featuring BEER and CIGARETTES. At least it didn’t say CHEAP BEER like the one just a few blocks away.
And then the paint job happened. Can you believe this? It’s been like this for months. At first I thought okay, it rained while they were SPRAYPAINTING the lucky green color. It doesn’t appear as if they plan on doing anything about this and the burning of my retinas everytime I look at it every single day, several times a day. Streaked, dripping, uneven bright green paint.
I moved to this neighborhood 8 years ago, and have watched the metamorphosis like many of North Portland’s neighborhoods. The bars on windows have come down, the gardens are growing, the new paint and roofs: gentrification is a double-edged sword I know. But the corner of Portsmouth and Lombard? Thanks to Lucky Mart, we’ve stepped back 10 years or so. (And I’m not even posting photos of the opposite corner, home to Fabic Wod. And yes, the letters are missing in their sign.) Sigh. Here’s to gentrification coming to Portsmouth and Lombard, or, at least a visit from the city about that horrid paint job.
Posted by LeLo at Friday, December 30, 2005