An ad hoc coalition of more than 20 community organizations has been meeting with Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission to advocate for policies discouraging displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. The group would like such policies to be included in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which the commission will be voting on in June and July. The Comprehensive Plan is generally updated every 20 years, and helps drive land use and development decisions.
Cameron Herrington works for the neighborhood improvement group “Living Cully,” one of the anti-displacement coalition members. He says the coalition doesn’t want to stop neighborhoods from improving, but they want to make sure policies are in place to ensure that when property values rise, current residents aren’t pushed out. We talk with Herrington about the specific policies the group is advocating.