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An abundance of history and personal stories are woven into the fabric of Portland. So, to make sure the stories are not lost as generations of our residents pass on and memories begin to fade, here is one family’s story and a bit of history with links at the end of this article to learn more.
For many of the Black residents of Eliot, the family stories begin outside of Oregon. The great migration from 1917-1970 brought both Black and white residents of the South to states in the North, Midwest, and West. Looking for an opportunity and a better life, many people landed in Oregon during the swell of migration during WWII because of the rise of shipbuilding and other war-related industries. With the influx of people moving to Portland, the city had to find a place for all these new residents to live.
The Eliot Neighborhood Association has opposed Oregon Department of Transportation’s plan to expand the I-5 through our neighborhood for over ten years. There are many issues with the project including it will worsen our already poor air quality, it will lead to more carbon emissions, it won’t meaningfully address traffic congestion, and there are poor returns on this almost a billion dollar investment.
The Eliot Neighborhood Association is a plaintiff, along with No More Freeways and Neighbors for Clean Air, in a lawsuit against the project. The aim of the lawsuit is to force ODOT to prepare a full Environmental Impact Statement to study alternatives to adding more lanes to I-5.
Please come to a rally at Harriet Tubman Middle School Friday, April 9th at 5pm to learn more or support the cause. There will be speakers from Harriet Tubman Middle School, the Eliot Neighborhood Association, and Sunrise PDX (a local environmental group).
No More Freeways, Neighbors for Clean Air, Eliot Neighborhood Association file Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion lawsuit
Community advocates opposed to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT’s) proposed $800 million freeway expansion into the backyard of Harriet Tubman Middle School today announced that they have filed a lawsuit against the project. The plaintiff’s complaint uses various laws including the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) to try to force ODOT to prep a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study alternatives to adding more lanes to Interstate 5. Public health advocacy organization Neighbors for Clean Air and the Eliot Neighborhood Association joined the grassroots community group No More Freeways as plaintiffs against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which approved ODOT’s proposed Environmental Assessment (EA) last fall.
“Today is a historic day for anyone who believes that ODOT should be held to basic standards…