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Community Partnerships and Actions to Fight Displacement – A Peer Exchange
October 28, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
It is increasingly important for urban waters’ practitioners to consider gentrification and displacement in their work. Greening neighborhoods and improving water quality in urban waterways is intended to create healthier neighborhoods, yet the impact on historically marginalized communities isn’t always positive. Environmental improvements can also raise the cost of living in a region; and in some cases, greening results in further marginalization. Join us in this peer exchange about community partnerships and actions to fight displacement. The peer call will include a panel-like discussion between members of the Urban Waters Learning Network Equitable Development Collaborative and our expert speaker, with opportunities for participants to join in.
Guest Speaker: We will be joined by Cameron Herrington of Living Cully, a multi-organization partnership based in Portland, OR. This unique partnership works to improve the quality of life for people of color and low-income people in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood, and ensure that Cully will always be a place where people of color and low-income people can live and thrive. Their work focuses on both community-led neighborhood improvements and robust efforts to combat gentrification and displacement. Cameron will share information about various Living Cully initiatives, including the “Community-Led Development District” which aims to create a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in Portland’s Cully neighborhood to fund community-led projects.
Moderators: Arthur Johnson (Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development) and Lubna Ahmed (Groundwork Denver)