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Urban planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Gentrification -- Oregon -- Portland, Portland (Or.) -- Race relations, Cultural property -- Oregon -- Portland, Neighborhood planning -- Oregon -- Portland


Recognizing the traumatic experience of being forced to move and losing community, this plan reflects the hopes of community members who seek to rebuild their lives in a new place. The East Portland Pilot Plan applies the urban planning practice of placemaking as a transformative intervention for addressing challenges and stabilizing the Black community in East Portland. This plan also emerges at a critical time, as existing city plans for East Portland indicate significant future public investment and development.

This plan has been written with a wide audience in mind. The material is relevant to homeowners, community activists, urban planners, nonprofit advocates and policymakers among others. The East Portland Pilot Plan is on the one hand a portrait of the Black community in East Portland; a portrait that has been narrated largely by the people themselves, and recorded in this document. On the other hand, the EPPP is a guide to action, a toolkit to address some of the most persistent issues facing Africans and African Americans and a roadmap to a thriving and vibrant Black community in East Portland.

This project was conducted under the supervision of Sy Adler, Susan Hartnett and Marisa Zapata.


Client: Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF).

The Background Report, Community Engagement Report, Executive Summary, and Existing Conditions Report are located below in Additional Files

Persistent Identifier

East-Portland_Background_Report.pdf (6789 kB)
Background report

East-Porland-Existing_Conditions.pdf (20302 kB)
Existing conditions

East-Portland_ExecutiveSummary.pdf (4729 kB)
Executive summary

East-Portland-Community_Engagement_Plan.pdf (3290 kB)