The first “NE Portland Saturday Market” is coming together this Saturday afternoon in the food cart lot between the pawn shop and the Portland Observer building.
I wonder how long they’ll be able to hang onto the ‘Saturday market’ part of their name.
While the entire city is facing the stress of rising rents, Portland’s Black community has grappled with gentrification for more than a decade. From 2000 to 2010, the city’s core lost 10,000 Black residents. In the historically Black neighborhoods of the Northeast such as King, Woodlawn and Boise-Eliot, Whites became the new majority in most census tracts.
Instead of nurturing this community, the Portland Development Commission launched numerous “urban renewal” projects with the purported goal of addressing blight. Aiming to convert the land to commercial and industrial uses, the city displaced hundreds of residents to build a sports arena, expand a hospital, and construct two new highways.
I can’t do better than the photos and ‘virtual tour’ of the cat hotel here, so I won’t try:
“Pounce, Play and Stay joins Portland’s ever growing cat-hospitality industry, including Purringtons Cat Lounge, located on the same street.”
Pounce, Play and Stay – 2800 NE MLK. The Eliot neighborhood stretch of MLK Boulevard continues to fill in, slow and steady.
I’ve been busy lately… haven’t spent much time on the boulevard.