In Work Session 1 the Independent Cover Assessment team sought to understand the Black Historic Albina community’s vision about how highway covers could be used to support neighborhood revitalization and provide restorative justice for this area of the Central City. The Work Session 1 Online Open House and Workshops helped the ICA team identify the uses, spaces and character that are most important to Black Historic Albina community members and broader community stakeholders to provide in this area. Setting the table for the restoration of a neighborhood on and around the highway covers can provide restorative justice by facilitating wealth creation opportunities, improving community health and creating a sense of community belonging again
Early in the process, it was recognized that a revitalized neighborhood, would be one of the most effective ways to achieve restorative justice as described in the I5/Rose Quarter Executive Steering Committee’s Values and Outcomes. All Work Session 1 participants were asked to provide feedback on questions about which type of neighborhood places they thought were most important to create community wealth, community health and community cohesion for the Black Historic Albina community that supports restorative justice.
Participants’ responses to the questions about what kind of neighborhood programming would best facilitate the creation of wealth, health and cohesion outcomes were open-ended during the community workshops and advisory committee meetings. Whereas responses collected through the online open house were derived from multiple-choice questions asked of the larger regional community during work session 1.
There was alignment between the priorities derived from community workshops, the advisory committee meetings and the online open house participants in several programming areas. Where there was not agreement, the workshop participants’ feedback was given greater weight. This was based on the Executive Steering Committee’s priority goal for the project of providing restorative justice to the Black Historic Albina community. The participants in the community workshops and advisory committee meetings were far more representative of the Black Historic Albina population than the online open house participants were.
Below is the list of the programming concepts that received the most mentions, discussion and online votes in the areas of Community Wealth, Health and Cohesion. Governance structure priorities have been included under the Community Wealth category.
Work Session 1 Recordings
Top Programming Priorities Identified in Work Session 1
The types of spaces, places and outcomes that emerged from the stakeholder workshops as the top ten programming priorities and/or governance actions that the community felt would be most desirable to implement for a restored neighborhood in the Lower Albina/Rose Quarter area were:
Establish a Black CDC, along with Black controlled land trust that holds developable land in trust and can work with other partners to develop it for community benefit and maintain affordability
Create Affordable and ownership business spaces of all types and sizes for Black businesses w/support services and access to capital
Develop a Black food sovereignty center/market that provides job training, fresh produce for local businesses and residents, and business development support for supplying large local operators (hospital, convention center, hotel venues)
Create permanently affordable rental and ownership housing that is mixed-use, multi-generational, built to high sustainability standards, including different types of living spaces such as live/work for artists and makers
Establish a job training and development center for vocational, technical, STEM and clean energy jobs
Create quality, culturally appropriate, affordable childcare and childhood development center for working parents
Develop a cultural health & wellness center with programming that addresses mental, physical and spiritual health and provides recreation and health classes, access to healthy food, and pop-up wellness clinics
Provide a large, accessible outdoor community gathering space for multi- generational celebrations, festivals, events and space that includes active recreation spaces
Develop a Black cultural center that showcases the history of Black Portland and creates experiences and education around Black food, Black art, and Black music
Develop public realm aesthetics and art installations that reflect Black culture, art and experience