Last month, the Oregonian ran an article about development on MLK, with different folks calling for “new approaches” to public-private partnerships for redevelopment.
Anita Smith, owner of Hannah Bea’s, is critical of the current process. “Everybody loves where I’m at, but I’m so burnt out… The uncertainty puts a chokehold on my business.”
Earlier (last year), Portland Metblogs ran a short blog-piece responding to a Willamette Week article discussing changes on MLK Boulevard, and they cited WW’s interview of Anita Smith, owner of Hannah Bea’s, where she was quoted as saying that she “worries about the street’s fate.” Readers were invited to comment, and comments seem to reflect tensions about race, redlining, and gentrification that are perhaps more salient for MLK than for most other ‘improving’ neighborhoods in Portland.
Just for the heck of it, here is the Hannah Bea’s web gallery of photos.