Gentrification, who gets hurt, who benefits, is it a foregone conclusion? These are all hotly contested discussions in Portland, and many other large and growing cities. I've seen both the positive and the negative impacts of gentrification. I know one thing, if it's going to happen, it needs to be coordinated better, and in alternative ways. In any event, the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is holding what they call a Restorative Listening Circle.
Basically a Restorative Listening Circle is based on the premise that you can't know the true effects of an action unless you have heard from those acted upon. This sounds like a most excellent idea. The ONI is holding an event on October 15th, at 7:00 pm, at the Moore Street Salvation Army Community Center(Classroom A and B),5325 N. Williams Ave.(near N. Killingsworth) in North Portland.
For more information contact:
Office of Neighborhood Involvement