In November, the Portland Development Commission announced that the long-vacant lot on the corner of Northeast Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Northeast Alberta Street would soon be home to a new commercial development with a Trader Joe’s as the anchor tenant. However, the plan drew intense criticism from some members of Portland’s African-American community, and on Monday Trader Joe’s said it was pulling out. On Monday, we spoke with Cyreena Boston Ashby with the Portland African American Leadership Forum. She talked about her concerns over gentrification in the area and the need for affordable housing. She also said she’s hoping a future project will have more community input.
We’ll talk with the executive director of the Portland Development Commission about how the agency is responding to those concerns, and what a future development might look like.
What questions do you have about how the PDC moves forward with projects? Do you live near the area? What would you like to see developed in the vacant lot?
Patrick Quinton: Executive director of the Portland Development Commission