News of the widespread ecological damage done by Bullseye Glass has opened a lot of people’s eyes. Everywhere you look in Portland you can see the signs, yes literally, of the city’s industrial heritage. This photo shot in the Pearl this morning, it feels like the first time I’ve ever noticed it, but I’ve walked by it a thousand times.
My wife was quick to quip,[blockquote size=”full” align=”right” byline=”Barbara Peters”]Imagine what the soil’s like around that building.[/blockquote]
“Let’s build some condos here,” was my banter back.
Of course, lead is listed as one of Bullseye’s common components in its glassmaking process. It makes a damn fine paint, too, but we’ve learned that lead paint is terribly toxic, especially wherever children gather. Today it is featured prominently on the World Health Organization’s Group 1 carcinogens and unfortunately, in too many of Portland’s neighborhoods.