Overcoming inequality requires the coordinated efforts of impoverished families and communities working collaboratively with friends, neighbors and partners from the larger community to make and implement innovations.
Seeds of change
“Involving communities early on, as the signs of gentrification are first beginning to show, is a very crucial piece of the puzzle. Affected communities should feel empowered to prevent displacement and to have a say in how their neighborhood will change. Stabilizing the community economically through a variety of the methods… is an important step, as well as thinking outside of the box to incorporate alternative forms of home ownership or community ownership to preserve the institutions that are key to social well-being.”
RIGHT 2 ROOT INITIATIVES
During Right 2 Root's Phase I, community members established culturally significant site drawings on under-utilized lands to respond to gentrification and displacement in Portland’s African American cultural community.
In Phase II, ideas to leverage aspirations and assets informed collective action across the metro region and ushered in a new system to reconnect families and address racial bias and serial displacement and poverty. Community benefits deriving from urban redevelopment were workshopped in The North and The Numbers.
In Phase III, the intent is to pilot this process in a dedicated space—pop-up placemake a community and business laboratory—and to measure our initiative’s value to improve resource and service allocation as they manifest in temporary and long-term neighborhood improvements.