October 26th, 2010 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, City Hall

Detroit, Sam Adams and the "Need" for Diplomacy


We wrote yesterday about city Commissioner Randy Leonard's ongoing interest in the fate of Tibet. Today, it appears there may be a need for another diplomatic foray by a member of the Portland City Council. And fortunately Leonard's colleague, Mayor Sam Adams, is in a position to help.

Adams's schedule (PDF) shows him in Detroit, Michigan. That's serendipitous because Oregon's much smaller Detroit (population less than 300 people) is worried about its town name being associated with the ills suffered by the larger Detroit (population of 900,000-plus). Residents of the Oregon town about 45 miles east of Salem are voting whether to change the name of their town to Detroit Lake.

Not that Adams doesn't have enough on his plate representing Portland, but perhaps he could put in a good word from Oregon toward Detroit.
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