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Three years. That's how long it took to get a street here renamed after [Cesar Chavez] the labor leader and human rights activist. The supporters never thought it would take that long..."This has been horrible," said Marta Guembes, co-chairwoman of the Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard Committee. Take the effort to Tijuana or Mexico City, said others. Renaming the street would "open up the border," some predicted. Such sentiments were the minority, but the words cut deep. "It turned ugly," said Sonny Montes, a member of the committee...Said Adams: "Portland is a progressive city, but not, clearly, without its vulnerabilities around issues of race and racism and phobias and discrimination and stereotyping."...Portland is one of the top five whitest metro areas in the country, according to a 2007 Census Bureau survey. With 78% of its 2.17 million metro area population being white, it's even whiter than Salt Lake City.