Portland Sees A Chance To Do Redevelopment Right

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The corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street in Northeast Portland is getting new life after decades as an empty lot as the long-awaited and controversial Alberta Commons project finally opens its doors.

Northeast Portland is the city’s historically black corridor, but one redevelopment project after another has left the black population as just that — history.

“I’m real excited about being able to serve my community, right here,” said Theotis Cason, a journeyman meat cutter and butcher for 40 years who finally has his own shop. He’s in a dusty office chair surrounded by white sheetrock walls, exposed wires and paint-stained concrete floors. Check out the full story.

By Erica Morrison, OPB


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