Received word the other day that yet another one of the great features of our neighborhood will be disappearing – or at least moving – to yet undetermined new digs. Delia – a collaborative of three metal artists cranking out fabulous and marvelous stuff (more on that here) have been notified the building they have been in for ages is being sold, and they have to evacuate. I’m mortified, and I imagine that emotion pales in comparison to what they are feeling.
These days, when every scrap bit of surface in Portland – occupied or not – is being repurposed for more polished and profitable use (usually condos), artisans and purveyors of things other than culturally appropriated cuisines and carefully curated boutique selections of everyday wares, find it very difficult to find affordable space to work out of. Especially when working at a scale where you need cranes to move things. Knowing full well that we too, were part of gentrification when moving here a dozen years or so ago – the reasons that made us move here are all but gone now. And therein lies the irony. The newest, elevated level of gentrification actually displaces the very thing that made Portland an intriguing place to live in, in the first place – the artisans and creatives. I will keep my eyes peeled for a space for the guys at Delia. If you live in Portland, I ask that you do to. Thank you.