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Panel starts adding anti-gentrification planks in Portland comprehensive plan


PHOTO BY STEVE LAW - Anti-gentrification activists hold signs at Tuesday night's Planning and Sustainability Commission calling to 'End Displacement Now.'The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission agreed Tuesday night to start adding a series of provisions in the city’s comprehensive land use plan to ward off the ill effects of gentrification.

Many of the provisions were proposed by an ad hoc coalition of 22 community groups now called Anti-Displacement PDX. The group proposed an 11-point plan aimed at preventing the further displacement of low-income residents and people of color from their neighborhoods due to gentrification, and push the city to provide more affordable housing.

As the planning and sustainability commissioners started taking up the provisions one by one, members of the 22 groups cheered and shared cake to celebrate their triumph.

The coalition includes Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Bradley Angle, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Community Alliance of Tenants, Community Cycling Center, Community of Practice, Design+Culture Lab, Groundwork Portland, Housing Land Advocates, Living Cully, North/Northeast Neighbors for Housing Affordability, Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF), Radix Consulting Group, Right 2 Dream Too, Right 2 Survive, Portland Harbor Community Coalition, Rose Community Development, 1000 Friends of Oregon, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Oregon Opportunity Network, Upstream Public Health and Urban League of Portland.

PHOTO BY STEVE LAW - Activists dished out pieces of cake at Tuesday's Planning and Sustainability Commission that said 'Thank you PSC for being a friend of Anti-Displacement PDX.'The Planning and Sustainability Commission will continue reviewing comprehensive plan amendments on gentrification and other tops at its next session in July. Once the panel approves the comp plan rewrite, the Portland City Council will then schedule a series of public hearings and work sessions.

The state of Oregon set a July deadline for the city to update its comp plan. Now it’s clear the city will not make that deadline, says Eric Engstrom, the city’s principal planner.

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