News Blog: Emerson Street Block Party is a shining example of Portland in the Streets
By Sophia Barba, Portland Bureau of Transportation
(July 11, 2017) Portland summers are a welcome respite from the rainy days that occur for most of the year. It is during the summer that Portlanders take full advantage of the sun, and come together to celebrate their communities. Such was the case on Friday, the June 23, when artists, families, and community leaders gathered at a block party in front of the Emerson Street House, which opened about a year ago under the coordination of Diane Freaney and Sabin CDC, in Northeast Portland.
This was the second year that Nikki Sandoval, also known as Nikki Brown Clown, a Portland-raised jack-of-all-trades, has coordinated a block party for her former neighborhood on Emerson Street.
Nikki is currently based in California, but was able to apply for her block party remotely using Portland Bureau of Transportation’s new online application. For Nikki, her Portland community is greatly important to her; the same can be said for the families and creatives that have been touched by her passion and dedication to empower local youth.
The block party on Emerson Street happened on a hot Friday afternoon. The street was closed off to vehicles allowing for sprinklers, performances, and face painting (among other activities) to occur in a space that is otherwise perceived as site for moving cars. Hosting a block party is a great way to empower communities who can reclaim their neighborhoods for pedestrian use. Block parties such as these remind us that creativity, diversity, and community are truly what makes Portland such a special place.
For more information about the Emerson Street House, go to their website to subscribe to their mailing list: www.emersonstreethouse.com
To learn more about Sabin CDC, go to their website at www.sabincdc.us
Follow Nikki Brown Clown on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pdxbrownclown/