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Neighborhood planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Community development -- Oregon -- Portland, Sustainable development -- Oregon -- Portland


In September 1998 Habitat for Humanity's director asked our team to conduct a feasibility study on the possibility of opening a Habitat Re-Store in Portland, a store that would re-sell used building materials. In addition to exploring that question in the traditional manner - considering issues of supply and demand, local competition and potential market niches -- we found ourselves compelled by a deeper exploration of the possibilities. Given that the store would be a Habitat for Humanity venture.... how could the store be utilized to improve people's lives... to empower and to educate... to both gain from and give back to the community? With the following report we hope we have answered the original question and raised some new ones.


Client: Habitat for Humanity


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