In news from the "wolf shall dwell with the lamb" desk, Street Roots
director Israel Bayer announces in the paper's upcoming edition that Street Roots is joining the Portland Business Alliance.
(No, Street Roots
isn't a wolf. And the PBA
isn't a lamb. But we like the comparison for its image of unlikely peacemaking)
For those who don't know the contentious history between the paper sold by homeless vendors and the Portland business group, Bayer recounts the battles between the two — including Street Roots' concerns about lack of oversight of the PBA's downtown security and fights over the city's sit-lie ordinance.
Bayer writes that Street Roots
won't compromise its views on those two issues or any others as a result of its membership in the PBA.
But he says the reason for joining PBA is that, "It makes absolutely no sense that we work with many of the businesses the Alliance represents that we are not members and to take the steps to create more formal relationships. By joining the Alliance we will be in a better position to work with and engage businesses downtown."
At the very least, it should make the PBA meetings more interesting.