This session will summarize how the original construction of I-5 in 1962 displaced the heart of Portland’s Black community in the Lower Albina neighborhood, claiming land and homes, compromising clean air, and disrupting business and continuity. We will address the challenges residents are facing today and how to begin to lay the groundwork for a brighter future - designed by and for the Black community. We'll cover how local organizations called for highway covers that would reconnect the neighborhood, returning land to the displaced Black community and how The Independent Cover Assessment team engaged stakeholders and community members in an independent and transparent process to examine solutions. Critically, we'll explore what it looks like to truly center the impacted community in a design team's engagement efforts and how landscape architecture can be a tool for restorative justice.
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204