Right 2 Root

multidisciplinary community design and anti-displacement master planning

We recently completed the “Right 2 Root” visioning study for RADIX Consulting Group LLC.  Using EcoDistrict guidelines, our work focused on how publicly owned land in N/NE Portland could be re-developed in a pro-active way to mitigate gentrification and displacement in the African American community.  In focus groups and a community workshop, using an array of engagement tools, attendees were able to voice their hopes, concerns, and ideas for meaningful reinvestment in the area that would specifically benefit their community.  We then recruited a group of designers that could bring these visions to life. The work culminated in December 2015 with a professional charrette that brought together representatives from the community with over thirty Portland-based architecture, urban design and landscape designers. Working in four groups the participants generated design visions for how potential sites could be developed for the benefit of the African American community. The design proposals range from home ownership strategies, to new urban plazas and street corridors with community centers, commercial space and business incubators. The master plan weaves these visions together by creating a new pedestrian friendly corridor which emphasizes community interaction and links to existing neighborhood assets.

The Institute for Policy Studies in DC has launched Right 2 Root's 2016 report.  See here for more information.

Location: Portland, Oregon

Client: Radix Consulting Group

Prime Consultant: Salazar Architect Inc. & the Center for Public Interest Design (CPID)

Contributors: ZGF, PLACE, Hacker Architects, GBD, Ankrom Moisan, Holst Architecture, Resolve Architecture & Planning, SERA, Gollah Planning & Consulting, SRG, Orange Splot LLC, Vallaster Corl Architects PC, Rachel Mullon, Rosanne Lynch, Isaac Adams

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