Let's hear it for that other Clinton: The Virtues of Localism

I was glancing at The Oregonian newspaper headlines recently, and noticed something about the new Clinton Library opening up. At first, I thought they meant Clinton Street here in Southeast Portland. I got excited about the prospect of a new library opening in one of my favorite parts of town.

So what's the significance of this? I got confused from the headline, and quickly figured out they were talking about Bill Clinton, ex-US president, not Clinton Street here in Portland, that nice, mixed business/residential district of pleasant sidewalk cafes, an independent moviehouse and other mom-and-pop businesses, attractive houses and leafy streets. And I smiled to myself.

I smiled because, being a newcomer but having grown quite fond of Portland, I considered it a victory within my own consciousness that I would make such a mistake.

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