The Oregonian's two-part account of gentrification describes key issue for the Portland Plan
Reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones of the Oregonian explores the history and meaning of Portland's population shifts revealed in the recently released 2010 Census numbers. Equity is the essence of the Portland Plan so the the lack of diversity in Portland's inner neighborhoods is an issue to take seriously.
Find out more by reading the articles below. Then take a look at the draft strategies for the city's future and see how the Portland Plan proposes to address this and other challenges.
Oregon Live: In Portland's heart, 2010 Census shows diversity dwindling
Oregon Live: Lessons learned? What Portland leaders did -- and didn't do -- as people of color were forced to the fringes
Real time polling reveals that improving education tops list of actions
On Friday, April 29, 2011, some 70 Portland business people convened at NW Natural to learn about and weigh in on the draft Portland Plan strategies for Economic Prosperity & Affordability, Education, and Healthy Connected Neighborhoods -- all of which are bolstered by an Equity Initiative. Not surprisingly -- considering a growing community concern about the readiness of students for living wage jobs -- participants rated the actions within the education strategy most highly. See the results of the hand held clicker polling, and then cast your own vote on the strategies.
Finds out that Healthy Connected Neighborhoods are top concern
The Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations (APNBA) hosted a Portland Plan presentation on May 9. Participants used the hand held clickers to say whether the Draft Portland Plan Strategies were headed in the right direction or not. This group of 30 neighborhood business leaders was most enthusiastic about actions that address Neighborhood Business Vitality and support Vibrant Neighborhood Hubs.
See the results of their feedback:
Download the presentation (PDF)