When I first arrived in Harlem, the fenced-off, overgrown empty lots here also attracted my eye… The empty lots… were a place for the eye to rest. This was not some romance for ruins. These blank, disavowed spaces had been labelled as blight, but they provided a visual and mental break from the clamor of the buildings and people. There was a hint of the horizon.
Here was solace from the crowded landscape – both the physical crowdedness of buildings and people and the crowd of stories and histories. A friend of mine describes certain cities as being full – too much has happened there, you cannot move… I suspect he’d say Harlem is another place that is too full – though its crowdedness and overpopulation have been discussed in other terms. In the empty lots, my mind escaped history.
–Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
Vanport lot at MLK & Alberta.
From 2012, at MLK & Sumner. When this banner was raised and some folks in the nearby neighborhood were working to block the construction of a building to house a new 7-11 at that lot (it was built, even though 7-11 reps lied in a public meeting and claimed there was no plan at all to put a 7-11 on this property), I received an email from someone accusing those neighbors of opposing the 7-11 as part of an anti-black, pro-gentrification, ‘lack of affinity’ towards minorities.
The email ended with this: “7-11. Let them come in. They are coming anyway. They rule. They control. Money talks.”
from the Portland City Archives, via Vintage Portland. This is now an empty lot at the corner of NMLK & Beech, with Planned Parenthood on the next block heading right.
Find Lightbox Kulturhaus at 2027 NE MLK.
The Spirit of Portland Award Winning
MLK DREAM RUN: INSPIRING DREAMERS
* Saturday August 2, 2014 5pm-9pm: “Taste of the Dream” Our pre-race kickoff and community celebration.
* Sunday August 3, 2014 6:00 am-noon: The MLK Dream Run-5k,10k & 15K race and Award Ceremony
All events held at the Vanport lot, MLK & NE Alberta
Saturday, August 2nd, 5-9 pm, at the Vanport Lot at MLK & Alberta
Featuring “Taste of the Dream” as our Pre-race Kickoff Celebration
Food and Beverages, & a Beer Garden
Music and entertainment by
Linda Hornbuckle, N’Touch, Javier Nero, The Brown Sisterd
Dignitary address, including Mrs. Nancy Hales, our mayor’s spouse
Also included in the festivities are:
- Small Business “Exboutique”- booths displaying community products and service
- Acknowledgment of sponsors and the Elite “Dream Supporters
- Celebration of our NNEBA Youth Fellow entrepreneurs
- NNEBA membership appreciation
- Community engagement & Activities
- Messaging tied to the impact that the “I Have A Dream” speech as well as the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964
- Pre-Race final registration opportunities
Sunday August 3, 2013, 6-10 am
The MLK Dream Run: 5k, 10k and 15K Geoff Hollister Tribute Race
Last year’s run attracted nearly 1,000 world class and amature athletes including race winners- former Olympic Qualifying runners Ryan Vail and Jared Basset.
The race also honor’s the vision of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech given in Aug 1963. This year will be the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Civil Rights Act.
This year’s event will support the Youth Development and Empowerment programs of:
The “I Have A Dream” Foundation,
The NNEBA Youth Fellows Internship program,
The NxNE Community Health Clinic.