How did Portland get to where it is today?

By Faculty Advisor Tony Greiner|April 5, 2017Announcements, News|

A number of people have been looking at the issue of affordable housing over the past few years. I got interested in “How did Portland get to where it is today?” which prompted some research that has led to a lecture/slideshow I will be giving from 10:30-11:30 on Friday, April 7, in Room 202 of the Cascade Library.

I had to title this “Brief and Incomplete” because I realized that to do this thoroughly would require a book, but it will touch on:

  • Slum housing for Chinese laborers in the late 1800s.
  • Homelessness c. 1910.
  • Portland’s First Zoning Laws.
  • The Great Depression, and Federal and Local programs to keep people housed.
  • The Veterans Bonus March on Washington D.C. (which started here)
  • The Japanese-American evictions.
  • the wartime growth of the cities population, in particular African-Americans.
  • Establishment of war housing at Vanport and Guild’s Lake.
  • Redlining
  • Various housing programs of the Great Society.
  • The Urban Growth Boundary.
  • Rise of the Portland Development Commission and Urban Renewal.
  • Ending with the Progressive efforts of Portland in the 1970s and some of the recent events.

Everyone is invited.  I hope to see you there.

Below is a photo of the Hooverville in Sullivan’s Gulch, about 1932.

slums in Sullivans Gulch

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About Faculty Advisor Tony Greiner

As faculty advisor, I see my primary role as helping the editorial staff navigate PCCs policies and procedures. Although I am not a journalist, I do have some chops and experience as a writer, with a dozen or so articles and a book and a half (one was co­written) to my credit. I can also give some continuity as we move from year to year, with the staff changeover that is sure to accompany that. This is a student newspaper, and I think what we publish should come from students. Happy Reading, Tony Greiner