So excited to see the new Not in Cully: Anti-Displacement Strategies for the Cully Neighborhood released. This is great work by a team of graduate students at PSU. Among a great group of peers, former COC graduate intern Cary Watters helped research and prepare this important work. Please read on, check out the report and learn more about what we can all do to better understand gentification and avoid displacement.
From the leadership at Verde NW:
Just a month ago, a team of Masters in Urban & Regional Planning students from Portland State University released Not In Cully: Anti-Displacement Strategies for the Cully Neighborhood. The students (Ricardo Bañuelos, Brooke Jordan, Rebecca Kennedy, Danell Norby, Erik Olson, Cary Watters) worked with Verde, Native American Youth & Family Center, Hacienda CDC, and many other Cully stakeholders to develop a set of strategies for preventing the displacement of low-income Cully residents as new investment comes in to the neighborhood. Please click here to read the Student’s Report, please click here to read the Report’s Background Documents (e.g., Demographic Profile, Economic Profile, Research and Case Study Bibliography, &c).
The Not In Cully campaign is a part of Living Cully: A Cully Ecodistrict, a long-term, collaborative effort by Verde, NAYA and Hacienda CDC to drive environmental investments into the Cully Neighborhood in response to existing community needs. Time after time, public and private institutions have made investments in Portland’s low-income and people of color neighborhoods. Time after time, these investments did not meaningfully benefit existing residents; instead, new residents enjoyed the results: safer and better lit streets, thriving small businesses, lightrail connections, bike lanes, parks and greenspaces.
Verde serves communities by building environmental wealth through Social Enterprise, Outreach and Advocacy.
I was honored to be able to assist Anita Yap with a Safe Access to Cully Park study recently and had a great conversation with PSU researches regarding engagement strategies for this initiative. Kudos, Cary and Team!
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On Saturday, April 6, COC Associate Ellen Wyoming will be facilitating a break-out session at Portland State University’s Sustainability for All conference.
Her session is called “Environmental and Social Justice: Moving Towards Dialogue and Finding Common Ground”
In the session they will explore the current context of the sustainability movement which is often identified as a movement for people with the privilege of participation. This often means that “sustainability” in the terms that it is most frequently discussed, is targeted towards an upper-middle class consumer who can afford to “buy” and “use” everything so that they need to think about “using less.” This framework dismisses many people who may in fact already be participating deeply in the sustainability movement and who would benefit from being a contributor and participant in the conversation.
Today, many well-meaning people may find themselves in diverse environmental-advocacy positions and while the assumption is that they are working towards a common cause, they may actually be injuring the opportunity for a wider dialogue about what sustainability means, why it’s important, and how people from all walks of life can, or indeed, already are, deeply participating. They will explore safe ways for dialogue and thought leadership around this to bring to light the care that must be exercised when working towards a “common good” to ensure that the goods are indeed, received commonly.
Nikki Henderson of People’s Grocery in Oakland, CA will be keynote speaker (learn more about this incredible leader here: http://www.makers.com/nikki-henderson).
More information and registration information is located here: www.sustainability4all.org. Registration is free and food and childcare will be provided!
We look forward to hearing how it goes this weekend and will update next week with key highlights!
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On Thursday, February 20, COC’s Bob Wise as Director of Team Oregon, LLC and Tim Smith, Team Oregon’s partner at SERA Architects presented their ideas to a high level delegation from Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. The delegation included the US Ambassador to Qatar, Susan L. Ziadeh and the Secretary General of the Qatar Supreme Committee of Delegates for the 2022 World Cup, Hassan Al-Thawadi.
The presentation summary is Qatar and Doha – The World Cup 2022. Bob and Tim advocated advanced sustainability principles for the World Cup to support legacy of sustainable urbanism in Doha, Qatar.
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Bob Wise’s career of projects in Greater China including major city, regional and national plans is featured in an article by Jenny Ryan Starr, a China Scholar and blogger. Key to Bob’s success has been a deep interest in and appreciation of China’s magnificent culture including the unusual roles played by Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist, and Socialist thought in city and regional planning. See: http://jrstarr.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/strengthening-chinas-urban-form/