How did Portland get to where it is today?
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.
- 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.