Since the mid 1990s, thousands of Oregonians — families, retirees, young adults — have forsaken the suburbs in favor of inner-city living. Now a new group, suburban homebuilders, are also jumping on the urban housing bandwagon.
In March, the San Diego-based Competitor Group announced it would bring its popular Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series to Portland next May. The reaction was less enthusiastic among local companies that manage races in the area.
Every weekday morning for months, workers from the regional carpenters union have gathered in front of the Portland offices of S.D. Deacon behind a banner picturing a drywall contractor recently arrested on felony charges, with the statement “Used by S.D. Deacon — Why?”