Readers react to plans for a cargo warehouse in a red-light district

Last week, WW revealed that the abandoned Kmart store on Northeast 122nd Avenue is owned by Zygmunt Wilf, whose other holdings include the Minnesota Vikings (“Viking Raid”, August 24). His plan for the decrepit mall: build a freight warehouse and lease it to Prologis, the logistics company that helps Amazon deliver to your doorstep. This proposal horrifies some residents of the Argay Terrace neighborhood, which sits at the center of Portland’s “heat arc.” A fleet of diesel-powered trucks is unlikely to improve conditions and defeats the city’s climate goals. Here’s what our readers had to say:

Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal via Twitter: “Adding more diesel traffic to this neighborhood will increase pollution in an already overburdened, mostly low-income, BIPOC community.”

jwight, via wweek.com: “Damn this evil logistics warehouse trying to bring food and consumer goods to our stores! And in an industrial area, too! Worse still, the guy who owns it is rich! Croquemitaine! Climate change! NIMBY!

“Let’s block it out so *check notes* SAME NUMBER of trucks have to run LONGER routes into our city from Clark County or anywhere else you’d place a facility like this.”

Marie Peveto, via Twitter: “The definition of environmental injustice: failing to stop further negative impacts in already overburdened communities.”

ROWLF, via wweek.com: “The land value tax would solve this problem.”

Jason Mills, via Facebook: “We see what happens when a bunch of scared leftists run things. Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, LA.

“The earth will survive a warehouse. Do not be afraid !

JohnQPublicthe3rd, via wweek.com: “As usual, one part of the city talking about equity and environmental sustainability isn’t talking to the other part rezoning land to expand the very thing the city is railing against. Another example: the group Southeast Uplift [urges] expansion of commercial and retail properties along Woodstock, while the planning office continues to approve apartments without retail spaces. As these (needed) apartments are built without retail, the other group’s plan will be torpedoed for generations. So no retail expansion and more driving is needed to get what the neighborhood needs. It would benefit everyone if offices stopped being silos.

Duckfootball1991, via Twitter: “I’d rather be across the street from a cargo terminal that’s busy during the workday and has predictable hours than a strip club or weed shop, personally. Or in this case, an abandoned building that’s a breeding ground for homelessness and drugs. It’s me.”

asampdx, via Twitter: “It should be a grocery store.”

Mace Detevis via Facebook: “I think we need more affordable housing rather than a big warehouse. I’m still upset that the city allowed 100 self-storage units to be built in the city that needs more housing. Huge parking lot would be a great kart track.

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