A Photographic Retrospective of N/NE PDX (1987 – 2008) by Julie Keefe

EMERSON STREET COMMUNITY, A NEIGHBORHOOD CO-OPERATIVE

This project explores how the Living Community Challenge can be used as a tool by existing residential neighborhoods to not only maximize the social and environmental benefits of community redevelopment, but also address some of the inherent challenges: maintaining affordability for existing residents, guarding against gentrification, and minimizing the displacement of homes, businesses, and institutions. The site is the Emerson Street Community, an 80-acre section of dense residential development in Northeast Portland’s former, historically African-American, Albina neighborhood, with one of the most racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse populations in the city. The project team – includes all community residents, community-based artists, Oregon Benefits Companies, local non-profits and allied professionals — sees synergies in promoting energy efficiency, building resilient infrastructure, and activating resident owners and tenants to strengthening neighborhood relationships and create a restorative and sustainable live-work community.

Documentation for Living Community Challenge

1. BEAUTY & INSPIRATION

The intent of the Beauty Petal is to recognize beauty as a harbinger for preserving, conserving and serving the greater good.

The Emerson Street Community is anchored by the Emerson Street House, an ART HOUSE, a kaleidoscope of artistic practices, constantly changing and evolving. The kaleidoscope expands throughout the neighborhood and into adjacent neighborhoods embracing the new, honoring the old, creating strong, resilient communities.

— “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”  ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

2. HEALTH & HAPPINESS

The intent of the Health and Happiness Petal is to create and sustainable, resilient communities filled with happy, healthy people.

Healthiness is entwined with happiness and unique for each person. Each person accepting and celebrating his/her/their ONLYNESS is key to creating community.

— Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. — Margaret Mead

3. EQUITY

The intent of the Equity Petal is physical space and economic access for all people regardless of physical abilities, age, or socioeconomic status.

Meaningful work sustains

4. PLACE

5. WATER

6. ENERGY

7. MATERIALS