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Letters: Fall 2012
Author: Portland State Magazine
Posted: September 4, 2012


Urban renewal caution

I guess it’s a good thing for PSU to be promised millions of dollars in urban renewal funds, but I question President Wim Wiewel’s assertion that the area around PSU is blighted (“Urban Renewal will Jumpstart the City and PSU,” Portland State Magazine, Spring 2012). I don’t see much blight there; the bookstore plaza, for example, looks positively upscale. There are many parts of Portland that are truly blighted and in much greater need of renewal, but as is typical of our city council, the west side comes first.

Dr. Wiewel enthusiastically mentions expansion and improvement of business-related schools, but makes no mention that the humanities will receive any benefits. I sincerely hope that in the final analysis, art, music, English, and related departments are given fair consideration.

Ray Horton ’70

Rutherfords remembered

The article on page 10 of the Spring 2012 magazine was awesome (“Saving a Black Family’s Story”). I actually grew up across the street from the Rutherfords and know their daughter, Charlotte (left photo), a retired Oregon administrative law judge. [Editor’s note: Charlotte donated her family’s papers and photographs to the PSU Library and Black Studies Department.]

Lari White ’74
Renton, Washington




Similar ‘black family’ story

I truly enjoyed reading the article, “Saving a Black Family’s Story,” Portland State Magazine, Spring 2012. On February 2, 1985, The Oregonian ran a similar article, “Early-day Black Portlanders Found Social Life in Dining Together,” whichmentioned my mother’s parents (Lee and Anna Shepherd), who came to Portland in 1912 and lived in southwest Portland. My parents told me about the restrictions they faced living in Portland during the 1920s to the 1950s. Thankfully, things have changed.

Carol Morrison ’73

Photo Left: Verdell and Otto Rutherford display a treasured newspaper from the 1950s.


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