|Priced Out: 15 Years of Gentrification in Portland, Oregon |
looks at what happens when homes come down.
Photo courtesy Cornelius Swart.
Meanwhile, in a sleek office building downtown
DRAC, continues to meet monthly. Last week the entire meeting was dedicated to examination of DRAC's "role/purpose/work." I was pretty excited about this one! The august body, and its spin-offs, often come up with code and policy that do not seem to "implement the City's goals for ... neighborhood livability and the environment," as stated in its mission.
DRAC is overwhelmingly made up of developers, and underwhelmingly of the people who must bear the impact of that development. DRAC also has had trouble adhering to Oregon's Public Meetings Law, making it hard for Portlanders to learn what DRAC is doing, much less participate.
|In the center of it all, DRAC vice chair Rob Humphrey of Faster Permits (in black), Bureau of Development Services|
director Paul Scarlett (middle), and DRAC chair Maryhelen Kincaid (in blue) wrap an inconclusive
meeting on a mission.
It can be done
• scaled to fit its surroundings, including adjacent homes
• provides plenty of off-street and useable parking
• designed with care and creativity
• built with quality materials
• makes smart use of space
• presents a friendly and interesting mien at street level
• allows neighboring properties access to privacy and light