Not since the crazed building boom that followed the 1905 Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition has Portland grown so quickly as during the last decade. Construction cranes have reshaped neighborhoods. Cars, bikes, buses, and scooters clog the streets.
Wealthier people have moved in while poorer people have been pushed further out, sometimes to the street. And Portlanders new and old want some simple questions answered: What’s the city’s plan? Who’s benefiting? Why are so many losing? What kind of Portland are we making? We invited 38 city leaders, activists, and architects to offer their visions for Portland’s future.
In this installment, we explored the future of what we're building.
Portland planning director Joe Zehnder on the the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.
Joy Alise Davis, director of the Portland African American Leadership Forum on the People’s Plan, an effort to reenvision Portland as a place welcoming to African Americans.
Mustafa Finney, co-director of East Portland Action Plan, on the efforts to make the Portland east of 82nd safer, greener, and more prosperous.
John Haines, executive director of the Community Investment Trust, on a method for neighborhoods to share in the wealth of new development.
Prosper Portland executive director Kimberly Branam on building equity and community with city investment.
Chelsea Grassinger, partner at Allied Works Architecture, on the design of the Timbers stadium expansion.
Developer Homer Williams on Harbor of Hope, an effort to address the humanitarian crisis of homelessness.
Akili Kelekele and Hank Sanders who, with their fellow Lincoln High School students, founded CardsCook, which has served 25,000 meals to the homeless in their neighborhood.