There's increasing discussion and controversy over urban "infill" in Portland: the construction of usually block-like apartment complexes in residential neighborhoods, sometimes replacing existing houses, which are torn down. This often displaces existing renters, increases neighborhood parking problems, and doesn't necessarily solve Portland's housing problems (certainly not for houseless people...).
The local press has been increasingly looking at this issue:
Frann Michel hosts this episode, with music from The Clash, and discussions of military violence, economic stagnation, racism and classism in housing, and the struggle for the rights of the incarcerated.
Joe Clement talks with Karen Gibson of PSU's Urban Studies program about the history of housing discrimination against African-Americans in Portland; they touch on segregation, ghettoization, disinvestment, gentrification, redlining, and community formation. 11:26 minutes (5.23 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Hart Noecker and Nick Caleb about gentrification in Portland and a Pedalpalooza ride* they're organizing to raise awareness and stimulate action around it. Hart and Nick discuss how they came to Portland, how they've seen it change, why they and others refer to this change as "gentrification", and why this is such a pressing issue. The promised online portion starts right after a 10 second musical clip at the end. In it they dive into a more open conversation about density, green capitalism and how the market distorts and undermines the aims of development, organizing working and poor communities to take, and more.
31:14 minutes (28.59 MB)
Iven Hales recalls her experiences as a social worker with a disturbed woman, drawing out how our mental health and corrections systems fail to support volatile people, and all too often eject them back into the public. 9:02 minutes (8.26 MB)