Vibrant Neighborhoods and CommunitiesLisa Norwood2016-06-21T16:09:00+00:00
Creating Vibrant Neighborhoods & Communities
We’re helping Portland build and increase access to healthy, complete neighborhoods — with essential goods and services, connected to jobs, with transportation options and access to open spaces — throughout the city.
Policies and programs are intended to implement tailored development and place-making approaches within Portland’s neighborhoods to reflect each community’s unique qualities and interests. Activities focus on building a more equitable, resilient, and adaptable city in the face of economic and natural changes. A community-led, community-driven approach is central to this work, with investments designed to ensure that minority and historically disadvantaged neighborhoods are able to absorb and benefit from growth without displacement.
Vibrant Communities & Corridors – Neighborhoods throughout Portland are anchored by vibrant commercial and mixed-use areas that support local demand for goods and services and result in improved business and resident satisfaction with the community.
Connected Innovation & Jobs Centers – The region’s economic and physical health is marked by job growth and innovation in Portland’s numerous employment-based centers, from the Central City to industrial districts like Airport Way and the Central Eastside to neighborhood hospital and university centers.
Regional Assets – Strategic partnerships and focused use of urban renewal resources will strengthen eastside and Central City landmarks and attractions.
Projects & Programs
These are just some of our projects and programs that support the creation of vibrant neighborhoods and communities:
The Williams & Russell project is a collaborative effort between a community-based Williams & Russell Project Working Group (PWG), Prosper Portland, Legacy Health and the City of Portland. The project involves Legacy Health returning to the community a 1.7-acre vacant block at North Russell Street and North Williams Avenue. Historically, the site once was part of a thriving community that housed the majority of African Americans in Portland and Oregon.
Prosper Portland offers the Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program at Alberta Commons, a unique opportunity for small minority-owned businesses to gain a foothold in the retail mix of the area, provide needed goods and services to the neighborhood and create lasting, beneficial relationships with the Northeast Portland community.
Prosper Portland has created the Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program to reduce barriers to entry for underrepresented businesses, preserve small business vitality, and advance our goal to build an equitable economy.
The Commercial Property Redevelopment Loan Program provides financial assistance for property development or rehabilitation that furthers economic development in commercial areas or on commercial corridors.
Prosper Portland is expanding our work with startups and minority-owned businesses to leverage the power of a partnership network committed to increasing the success of 1000 underrepresented entrepreneurs.
Alberta Commons, anchored by Natural Grocers, is at a high-traffic corner and will bring new excitement to the neighborhood, offering small, minority-owned businesses the opportunity to participate in the retail mix.