Friday, May 4th AT 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Right 2 Root: A Community-Centered System for Equitable Development in N/NE Portland

Oregon Convention Center: Room B113

 Track: Community

According to the Centers for Disease Control, gentrification and serial forced displacement are powerful destabilizing forces for urban communities of color and low-income communities, resulting in individual and public health effects spurred by trauma, loss and “root shock.”

Portland is reputed as the mecca of New Urbanism and livability. However, the rate and scale of Portland’s gentrification has recently garnered national recognition. This session will introduce the Right 2 Root system as a People+Place case study, transforming feelings into action through a new system leveraging collective assets and activities to improve Health+Wealth outcomes for African Americans—who continue to experience serial displacement and impoverishment—across the Portland metropolitan area.

Right 2 Root is a three-year initiative spearheaded by Portland’s African American community to address exclusion and displacement from unmitigated gentrification. Affected community members are creating a grassroots system to organize community assets and resources to tune the form and function of the city and make supportive places for their activities. This session will lead attendees through the strengths-based Feelings to Action process pioneered by Right 2 Root to break down barriers that originate in stereotypes and restrict meaningful progress for people to uplift themselves from poverty.


Cat Goughnour
Radix Consulting Group, LLC
Charles Kelley
Principal Urban Designer
ZGF Architects
Grayce Bentley
Healing Hues LLC
Gabrielle Riley
Associate Designer
ZGF Architects