The Jade District is a vibrant southeast Portland community centered along the intersection of SE 82nd Avenue and SE Division Street. Within its .91 square mile boundary is a highly diverse neighborhood of more than 400 businesses with nearly half of the residents being people of color.
The Jade Visioning project engaged the diversity of the district directly in planning community-desired improvements through ethnic and racial specific outreach. Six workshops took place between April and June 2014 resulting in a community-defined vision for the most critical improvements helping leverage the public monies available to the Jade District staff.
Client Hacienda CDC envisioned the project to focus on engagement of the residents of the Villa de Clara Vista, along with culturally specific outreach to Latino, Somali, and other immigrant populations. MCC along with nationally recognized urban planner, James Rojas, developed two workshops and focused on outreach, language translation, youth engagement and local knowledge and expertise within the Villa de Clara Vista resident population.
The overarching purpose of this project is to elevate equity as a key outcome of a climate action plan. By conducting a thoughtful, collaborative process to develop equity metrics, the project sought to strengthen Portland’s climate plan and improve the end outcomes locally through its implementation. The project is also intended to inform other cities’ climate planning efforts and help establish an expectation that equity issues are key considerations in local climate action plans.
Let Us Build Cully Park! is a coalition of 17 community organizations coming together to build momentum for the funding and construction of Cully Park in NE Portland. This neighborhood lacks critical infrastructure, is one of the most racially diverse Portland neighborhoods, and is predominantly low-income. An extraordinary plan, the Cully Park project, was centered on building community capacity in transportation-related public involvement and developing community-driven project outcomes for the neighborhood.
The goal of this project is three-fold: build capacity for public engagement, outreach and process within the Cully neighborhood by providing community members training and experience conducting door-to-door surveys and facilitating small workgroups at community open houses; engage with public agencies to develop relationships with community members to help them navigate, advocate and understand the transportation planning and project funding process for their community; and, provide recommendations to the public agencies from the community for safe access to Cully Park. The project took place January to June 2013.