Portland, I Love You but You’re Forcing Me Out

Carye ByeMy name is Carye Bye and I make my living as an artist. My work comes in many forms–some of it I get paid for and some I just do because it makes me happy. You may know my wood-block prints of Portland’s bridges or animals on bicycles, which I create in my one-person print shop called Red Bat Press.

Some know me as the Museum Lady or from the Hidden Portland for the Curious project, a 13,000-strong Facebook group where I encourage exploring the city as a museum. Or you may have donned a pair of bunny ears and rode in the Bunny on a Bike ride, which I led. Perhaps you attended one of the events I helped organize–printing, publishing, crafting, art-selling. And maybe some of you are meeting me for the first time today.

Until a few years ago, it looked like Portland could be my forever home. But Portland isn’t an option for me anymore, thanks to the recent explosion of people, rising rents and the loss of character–the speedy chopping down of trees and demolition of modest older homes to build more huge, boxy houses without yards.

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Authored By Carye Bye – See the Full Story at Willamette Week

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