Demolition in Portland is like ‘cultural kidnapping’

'Stop Demolishing Portland' has become a rallying cry for many across the city

A group of protesters outside the Belmont Records building, Apr. 30, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — About 50 protesters gathered in Southeast Portland Saturday to stop the demolition of the Belmont Records building.

The group is worried about the future of their local record store, but also about other historical buildings across the city that could soon fall by the wayside. Meg Hanson tells KOIN 6 News the developer wants to tear the building down and construct something more modern.

“People come out and say ‘we love this don’t tear it down,’ then the developer says, alright you can buy it back from me for what I paid for plus a profit, so it’s starting to feel a little bit like cultural kidnapping.”

Calls to the developer were not returned.

A group of protesters outside the Belmont Records building, Apr. 30, 2016 (KOIN)
A group of protesters outside the Belmont Records building, Apr. 30, 2016 (KOIN)

 

 

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