Theme: Ironic demographics
Subject Article: "We need to talk about population."
Other Links: 1. "Portland Is Dying."
2. "Portland Is Dying, Revisited."
Postscript: Net inmigration can be a negative economic indicator, "Will Growth Kill Portland?":
Aaron Benson, 24, is a motorbike mechanic from Austin, Texas. He moved to Portland last August. “I wanted to live somewhere that would be close to mountains and adventure, but would still be just as cool and weird as where I grew up,” says Benson.
For a lot of young people, Portland is home because they like it, not because it’s prosperous. “I didn’t have any kind of job set up,” continues Benson. “I have a pretty varied skill set, so I was just going to wing it and keep my dreams in mind.”
Yes, more newcomers means greater population. And greater population means higher rents. But the greater population doesn't mean more jobs and higher wages. Portland, Oregon is a lousy model for economic development.