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Due to multivariate and disproportionate burdensome borne from the impacts of interlocking, systemic social exclusion for Oregonians in poverty, and the protracted and entrenched health and wealth impacts on our most vulnerable populations through the continuation of public policy with demonstrable inequity of outcomes, Radix's community development and policy advocacy work is grounded in a structural analysis of racial and economic inequity.

 

According to the Center for Disease Control, gentrification and serial forced displacement are powerful destabilizing forces for urban low-income communities and communities of color, resulting in public health affects spurred by trauma, loss and “root shock” (Fullilove).

 

 Portland is reputed as the mecca of New Urbanism and livability. However, the rate and scale of Portland’s gentrification has recently garnered national recognition and grabbed headlines; Governing Magazine found that “Portland is the most gentrified city of the century”.

 

Anti-Displacement Coalition Argues For City Changes

by Allison Frost OPB | June 25, 2015 12:15 p.m. | Updated: June 25, 2015.

 

An ad hoc coalition of more than 20 community organizations has been meeting with Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission to advocate for policies discouraging displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. The group would like such policies to be included in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which the commission will be voting on in June and July. The Comprehensive Plan is generally updated every 20 years, and helps drive land use and development decisions.

 

 

Portland Leaders Support Anti-Displacement Proposals

by Rob Manning OPB | July 29, 2015 12:50 p.m. | Updated: July 29, 2015.

 

Portland’s long-term growth plan could take on gentrification, following Tuesday night’s vote at the city planning commission.

 

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick joined anti-displacement advocates at a press conference Wednesday in support of 11 policy proposals. New projects, from transit to condo development, could trigger analysis of their effect on local residents.

 

Among the mitigation steps are community land trusts, which could hold properties to keep them affordable. City leaders said the proposals in the comprehensive plan aren’t enough. They’d like to see state law changed, to allow rent control and affordable housing mandates for new development.

 

The 11 policy proposals include:

  • Focus community involvement more on low income residents and communities of color
  • Analyze and anticipate displacement and housing affordability when new developments are built
  • Require plans to reduce or mitigate displacement as much as possible
  • Promote “community benefits” agreements between neighborhoods and developers to reduce displacement
  • Capture increased value created by developments to fund measures that keep people in their neighborhoods
  • Add emphasis on “permanently affordable” models of homeownership
  • Use innovative property ownership methods, such as a community land trust or land banks, to acquire property and keep it affordable
  • Create permanently-affordable housing in market-rate developments
  • Tenant protections, such as rights education and incentives that protect renters
  • Growth and development plans should help displaced residents move back to their historic neighborhoods
  • Implement anti-displacement measures in the city’s mixed-use zones, such as residential-commercial neighborhoods

 

Equity advocate Cat Goughnour said the policies would help lift people out of poverty. “You’re creating more thriving communities. It reduces health burdens, trauma...” said Goughnour. “Currently, low-income people are bearing the burdens of development. I think making it more equitable is the important thing.”

 

 

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