Emerson Street House is a new home in an established community. We’ve gathered information about this neighborhood. To know where Our Community - Emerson Street Housewe’re going, let’s take a look at where we’ve been…

Emerson Street House lies Northeast Portland, between Killingsworth and Alberta Streets, known as the King Neighborhood, just across the boundary of the Vernon Neighborhood. King Neighborhood is part of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)

Part of the historic Albina District, the King Neighborhood has one of the highest concentrations of black residents in Portland, with a plurality of 34% of neighborhood identified as African-American (as of the last census in 2010). Much  of the African-American residency in North and Northeast Portland arose from the flooding destruction of Vanport in 1948. Since the 1990s, the neighborhood has faced gentrification pressures, resulting in a demographic trend toward white, affluent residents. (Black residency declined from 50.6% in 2000 to 29% in 2010.) The southern portion of the neighborhood is now the only portion of the city where African-Americans make up a majority. (Wikipedia) Census profile for King: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/375918.

Comprehensive Plan Maps, City of Portland (https://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/mapapp/) provide a vision of regional development over the next twenty years.

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The neighborhood is most closely associated with the Alberta Street commercial district, which has responded to gentrification with gusto.

Residents active with Emerson Street House (such as Joanne Green and Vanessa) live within this area and could participate in pilot programs for energy initiatives. We envision investments through Rooted Investing, with incentives to participate. Projects might include energy audits (working with Pacific Power), energy monitor systems, insulation, and solar.