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Mississippi Bikes - Women's Wednesdays?

I heard Mississippi Bikes has free bike maintenance classes for women every Wednesday night.
But I can't find any address or contact info for said "Mississippi Bikes" anywhere. Anyone have the lo-down on it?
mississippi bikes 22.Nov.2004 10:58


they mean to tell you North Portland Bike Works. Which is on Mississippi and between Failing and Shaver. They are a decent shop, however they are actively promoting and fostering the gentrification in this area, and I am pretty sure that is okay with them.

Also, if you dont live in North Portland, or around the bike shop, it might do better to go to your local bike shop and try to get something similar offered there, or maybe something already is. Who knows.

Just, please, if you do come up here, do not patronize the Fresh Pot, the Equinox, Gravy, Pistils, or any of the new shops up here. Mississippi Avenue used to be a self sufficient neighbourhood and it used to be a haven for minorities, they lived here and didnt have to leave this area because everything they needed was here.

Now there are two minority owned businesses left on Mississippi avenue. Grandfathers and the Nu-Rite Way...which are both closing due to lack of business. Amazing, that a neighbourhood that is receiving so much new energy and money cant even balloon a few minority owned businesses, but lets just snuff them out buy their property and keep on the path of destruction.

So, anyway, yeah it is on Mississippi and the bike night is Wednesday, there are plenty of rich white people there.

Yes I tend to agree with local 22.Nov.2004 12:26


I was going to move to NE portland because I heard it was cheaper in rent. Then I was confronted by a friend who talked about the same problem. White rich people moving in and pushing out the others who were already living there. Although I am not rich, I am white.
After my friend confronted me, I did notice how many yuppie white people were there compared to 10 years ago. New Seasons in NE I think brought in a lot of rich white folk. The sad thing is that I did not recognize the gentrification in NE until she told me. I will not move to NE now because of this issue and I rarely shop there. I encourage others to do so too :-) Try City Bikes on SE 20th and Ankeny. They might be able to help you out.

info is on Shift To Bikes website 22.Nov.2004 12:38


The website for North Portland BikeWorks hasn't been updated in a long time, the info for the "Women's Bike Repair Night" is at:

It's worth mentioning that all of the Shift calendar events get copied automatically to the Gracie's calendar, an excellent place to look for locally-produced fun such as plays at The Know, free movie nights, etc.:

For more info on Shift, an organization promoting Bike Fun and enabling others to do the same, check out:

Have More Bike Fun

thanks a lot local and Amber ... 22.Nov.2004 12:52


... for turning a request for info about a bike event into a thread about gentrification. Yes, it is all the problems minorities have are the fault of Big, Bad Whitey.

How about considering these points:

- Most people who have moved to NE are not rich at all, just have more income than many natives in the neighborhood. They've been priced out of neighborhoods such as inner SE by the influx of relocating Californians and others who can afford to buy houses for $200,000. Your rants ignore the factors such as population increase that lead to these circumstances.

- If even the two minority-owned businesses were not successful, doesn't that mean that the local minorities don't support local business? Not long ago, there were many unused buildings. Wouldn't a thriving coffee shop be a better use of a building than a squatting place for drug dealers?

- Crime in the neighborhood has been vastly reduced. Some friends refer to the 4-Fessenden bus as the "Number Four Death Bus", so named becauses of the frequent fights that used to occur and apparently there was a shooting, or shootings on the bus. I think an influx of people unafraid to confront the factors that lead to crime is a good thing for any neighborhood. Drug houses are being replaced with families.

Can you illustrate how the Gentrifying Elite are "snuffing out" the businesses Grandfathers and Nu-Rite Way? I'm quite sure the same advantages that have helped those such as Fresh Pot and NoPoBikeWorks are available to those businesses.

ever heard of redlining 22.Nov.2004 13:02


the reason that there are only white people opening businesses and owning the buildings and upper class folx moving in is because of an illegal redlining of the district....the banks have been refusing people of color home inprovement and business loans for the past 20 or so years...it really started about 10 years ago when the storefront improvement project started...none of the businesses that have opened represent poor white people or people of color...also wed night is for women and trans folks...it is a community non profit bike shop...

oh yea 22.Nov.2004 13:08


also i forget to mention that bmw's and huge hummers arent owned by lower middle class folk being pushed out of south east...equinox lady doesnt live in ne..she lives in nw...the crowbar people own two bars..the tshirt lady who has been there 50 plus years is being kicked out by billy grippo the man who bought the building from her saying that her business doesnt fit in...the fresh pot was chosen over hanna bees because the fresh pot better fit what the street was trying to look like....shall i keep going...do your homework and you will find that the whole thing is fucked up...

portlands "red line" 22.Nov.2004 13:41


a response to captainplanet...vastly incomplete...

Point 1. It is true that most people that moved here years ago, including me are not rich. It is true that the price of homes in SE pdx have shot up and a form of gentrification is happening there too. However this is not an excuse. I believe that neighbourhoods can exist with many different kinds of people, and fluctuations of income. I beleive that, and other people do too. For a long time N Mississippi has had a community of people co-existing with each other. In recent years, like the past two or so, things have changed. The value of the property here has shot up, this due in part to the new yellow line max (which has been on the docket for at least three years and was orginally going to be called the "red line" and I will get more into that later) and with property value increases, rents increase and those that could afford to live here no longer can. There was a low-income majority, but that is slowly being buffered out. There are changes that are underlying and hard to notice. I am losing my train of thought here, but thats okay. To sum up point 1, yes gentrification is endemic and it isnt just the fault of people moving, it has a long history and a pattern of fluctuation. I learn a lot of stuff at wikipedia.org, and perhaps you can learn more about the causes for gentrification here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentrification

Point 2. It isnt that the two minority owned businesses were not/are not successful, it is a general change of the community. Grandfathers has been is the same spot since forever, and he is a very knowledgable and likable old man. I talked to him about a year ago about the changes in the neighbourhood and he felt it was a good thing, because he liked to see this community revitalized, he knew then though that his business wouldnt last. He sells barbecue and the local folks, the people that like to eat from grandfathers barbecue and went there when they were little still go there, however those people now live in gresham or outer SE or Vancouver, because they cannot afford to stay on Mississippi any longer. SO its not that the minority community doesnt support the local business, it is that the "locals" are being displaced causing irreperable harm to the "local business". ANd before there were many more minorioty owned businesses like the soup and suds laundrymat on the corner of skidmore and mississippi which was ecently bought out by some rich white folk and is being revitalized into a small pub or something. And it is true that drugs were a larger issue before the gentrification happened, and now that the drug dealers are displaced and the white folk call the cops whenever they see a person of colour out on the street at night, yes the neighbourhood is a "drug free zone" now and I guess people feel safer. But what happened to those drug dealers? Did they stop dealing drugs and find a way to survuve in this society elsewise because of the gentrification? NO!! They were displaced and forgotten about, perhaps moved on to harder crimes just to survive and now have steady jobs in the prison plantations...who knows?

Point 3. Yeah, last year someone was shot and killed just off the bus stop up on Killingsworth and Mississippi I beleive last year. Yeah, it was gang related and gang related murders did increase for a while. That was about survival. Gangs did have stake to certain areas of town, and as people move in and the respective area that the gand would consider their hood decreased this led to turf wars and it was not pretty. It still isnt pretty, but that was a dying gasp, and eventually gentrification won and those gangs moved on to other places...kind of like the indians in a wierd way. I dont think to people that are occupying this neighbourhood are "unafraid to deal with crime" they are unafraid to call the cops. They are ignorant of the reasons people turn to crime and therefore instead of offering "help" they offer a jail cell or a reason for that person or those people to turn to harder crimes and committ real crimes.

POint 4. Red Lining. Red Lining is illegal:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redlining . However it has always existed in North Portland, TO THIS DAY. Red Lining is where minority or people that do not already have access to resources to "succeed" are systematically denied. So it is entirely possible that the minority owned businesses had no such advantages as the "Video Verite" dvd shop did. Or the equinox, fresh pot, purple parlor, gravy, crow bar, etc did. In north portland, for years, minority families were denied loans to buy the houses they lived in. This is what helped make it persist as a "ghetto" as so many other cities have. White people could and can get loans to buy houses in these neighbourhoods and it was encouraged to keep the scourge of the colored people from claiming a stake.

I am going to end on two points.

One, the "yellow line" when first envisioned was going to be called the "red line" developers caught the pun only a relatively short while before the plan went public. Lucky them.

There is still development going on and I remember reading in the mercury or something about a year and a half ago about the new businesses springing up on N Mississippi. ANd it also was the prevailing of the idea for a new high rise to be put in at Fremont and Mississippi. It said that the existing community isnt supporting the new businesses but the Mercury loved them so others should check them out and that the new high rise was an attempt to bring in the communtiy that would (could) support these new businesses. (The last part is taken a bit out of context, but it serves the purpose and the original article may still be available on the mercury webpage.)

Phew. Thats it. I just want to say that I dont hate the people that are moving here, I too am a part of gentrifying this neighbourhood. However I am doing it passively, I am actively fighting against it where I can and it hurts me inside...it is an internal battle. These folks that come here and do it openly and feel that it is just fine, perhaps even the right of white, that it is taking place. There is much more than just rich/poor white/black/latino or other things. As is tated before this is endemic and the problem is the way we live and they ways we were brought up to beleive things and such. Try not to blame yourselves, but always try to fight the systems of oppression that exist all around us and sometimes even inside of us.

Help 22.Nov.2004 18:21

Poor anarchist working class union guy

And it's not only rich white fold. But also rich Black african americans too. There's also been a huge influx of rich mexicans on Killingsworth. There's a couple of new complexes near me that are focused only on rich spanish speaking people and they're getting NEW homes!

I've lived in cheap accomodation in this neighborhood for years now, but I'm sure to be forced out soon. Help! What can I do to stem the flow? Us poor white folk who have lived here for years are history.

some more info about North Portland coffee... 28.Nov.2004 15:03

anonymous walrus_mb@hotmail.com

Just thought you might want to know that the owners of the Fresh Pot didn't have any backing from banks or financial services. They saved everything they had and got loans from friends and family (which have been paid back). They've also donated either money or time and materials to Jefferson High, the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls, Buckman school, Holy Goats Performers, Velo Bikeshop, as well as several other businesses and families in both SE and North Portland. They also make sure their employees have a source of health care coverage (which they pay for out of pocket). Try talking to Skip and Vin sometime instead of assuming that they are part of some nefarious big business scheme to screw the neighborhood.

bikeworks women and trans night 02.Dec.2004 11:11


As a participant of bikeworks' women and trans night i have to say that it was an awsome opportunity to learn some empowering skills and hang out in a supportive, non-threatening environment. the reason you can't find anywhere in SE for a women's only bike class is because there isn't one offered. i highly reccomend checking out the wensday night free session-- i think it starts at 6-- and seeing for yourself. they also have a community bike night the second tuesday of each month that's free to anyone to come in and use the shop with mechanical advice to fix your own bike. check out their websight  http://www.npdxbikeworks.org .

if you have concerns about thier place in gentrification, talk to them about it instead of making assumptions and throwing around accusations. does local or amber or trash know that they helped 30-40 kids FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD earn bikes and locks and lights this summer? maybe you could research bikeworks as much as trash has researched gentrification and find that the shop has many of the same issues and struggles.

question: how do you build a non-profit that is there to support low-income, minority communities outside of the community it hopes to serve and actually end up helping those people?

part of the reason bikeworks is there is because many of the lowest income people don't have transportation, or have bikes that barely run. are you implying from your arguements that the community shouldn't have a low-cost, free-program bike shop because its not founded by minorities?

we each have to pick our struggles and while i agree that redlining is a major issue, i don't believe that waiting for the system to correct itself to help empower low-income minority communities is a good solution. nor do i believe in boycotting a non-profit that is trying from a grass-roots level to empower the community to help itself.

i also always reccomend supporting your local bike shop no matter what neighborhood you live in, because biking is fun and a rad way to get around no matter where you live.

Another option 19.Jun.2006 10:47


I've heard of bike shops that have a mobil unit. A stand or two attached to a bike trailer with enough parts and tools to do some repairs. It won't help everyone, but some is better than none.