By Bruce Stephenson

In a historic pronouncement, the Portland City Council asked voters to approve a $258.4 million bond measure for affordable housing. If passed, it will set the foundation for a systematic response to the housing crisis.

Since declaring a “housing state of emergency” in October, the City Council has allocated over $100 million to stay the emergency, and this final investment should still critics such as Joel Kotkin, who claims that the gentrification of minority neighborhoods is a racist mark against the “achingly politically correct city.”

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