CURB PDX has launched its campaign to raise funds for preservation and restoration of the building at 3962 NE MLK, once home of the Burger Barn, and many other users over the 114 years this building has been standing. Check out the fundraising campaign’s webpage here; on facebook to follow updates, here.
From the fundraising page:
The long term effects of this type of “gentrification” as it is often called is an incredible loss of community tradition, history, and value. The opportunity to engage and educate affected communities through the outreach of this project will help affected communities capture and sustain some of what has been lost, or taken away.
The CURB Project will also promote the value and process of preservation, documentation and conservation.
Spreading Rumours has placed another signboard at MLK & Alberta:
The background on the images is an aerial map of a neighborhood. You can view the first Spreading Rumours signboard that was placed at this site here; there are others around town, including one that’s been up on Mississippi Avenue in front of Beacon Sound for a few weeks.
Spreading Rumours is also participating in an event this afternoon, taking place at the ploughed-over lot along NE 14th Avenue just north of Fremont, a ceremony that uses this site – emptied and being readied for the construction of eight rowhomes – as a emotional and physical field to explore loss and grieving in the decades-long displacement of Albina’s black population, and solidarity with those whose communities and cultures were destroyed when Europeans arrived on the continent:
Object Permanence Project Presents: Minus Us
keyon gaskin -Performance at 4pm
Anna Gray+Ryan Wilson Paulson
Jonah Porter …with Spreading Rumors and Roger Peet
Let’s explore the excavated building site as landscape as gallery -formally stunning, tragic. We were struck by the irony of a site reminiscent of the ruins of Pre-Columbian civilization -prescient visions of our own societal ruins presented as art space on a holiday we reject.
This space is a crack we can squeeze into and pry open to make room for artists, subalterns, thinkers. We dispute the stories of the havers, controllers, and owners.
The inaccessibility of these houses, once built, is a common refrain.Yet, we have access to the hole, as empty space, for a limited time. As soon as the concrete is poured, something happens. We are no longer welcome. Not unlike the family that lived in the house that is now a hole.
This event extends a solidarity to all displaced people.