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Mary Batson (left) and her sister, Virgie Ruiz, became concerned about a transformer-mounted pole installed in front of their house to accommodate new luxury apartments in their gentrifying neighborhood.  Now Portland Bureau of Transportation says the pole was improperly placed and may ask Pacific Power to move it.

Mary Batson (left) and her sister, Virgie Ruiz, became concerned about a transformer-mounted pole installed in front of their house to accommodate new luxury apartments in their gentrifying neighborhood. Now Portland Bureau of Transportation says the pole was improperly placed and may ask Pacific Power to move it.

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Homeowner Fights Back:

When power pole for development placed at her house

The unintended consequence of the construction of new luxury housing in inner northeast Portland left one African American homeowner and longtime resident with a transformer-mounted pole directly in front of her house, without any prior notice.