Hello Internet Readers,
A week ago 12 people got together at PSU in the first iteration of a Community of Practice on Social Justice and De-gentrification. There was a range of people and experiences around the table. We are looking forward to further meetings and work in the future.
We discussed a range of topics: the role race plays in gentrification, public policy and gentrification, and the idea of creative placemaking.
I am still scouring through my notes from that meeting, and other meetings I’ve attended on gentrification in Portland. I’m absorbing as much as I can, trying to come at this issue form multiple sides. That’s why I’m so grateful to have heard from folks from Urban Studies, filmmakers, and community leaders last week. I think something can happen. Something can change. More on that soon!