Have you signed up for the Dirty Side of Portland bus tour, next Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3? This 3-hour tour will shed new light on health and equity issues in Portland. It’s essential for any recent transplant or long-time resident – we’re talking about the livability of our city!
Portland usually prides itself in being a city with thoughtful planning. We try to pay attention to neighborhood development projects that encourage local sustainability and promote environmentally conscious building and businesses. But not all neighborhoods are treated equally when it comes to cleaning up past environmental hazards.
We started with a list of questions we’re hoping this tour will help answer (bring some of your own questions, too!):
- How much attention do policy-makers pay to polluted properties in low-income areas and communities of color?
- Portland’s identity has always included a healthy relationship to the Willamette River: Bridgetown, City of Bridges are a couple of our nicknames. But how healthy is our river?
- What do we know about Superfund sites and Brownfield sites in our city?
Each tour, we’ll visit the same sites important to telling the story of Portland’s environmental history and have guest speakers along the way.*
- Jeri Williams - Neighborhood Program Coordinator, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and long term Environmental Justice Advocate
- Rich Muza – EPA Superfund Project Manager
- Jim Robinson - Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group
- Kevin Parret – DEQ Clean up and leaking underground Storage Tanks Manger
- Lore Wintergreen - East Portland Action plan Advocate with the Office of Neighborhood involvement
- Lori Boisen/ Kem Marks - Division Midway Alliance
- Rich Muza - EPA Superfund Project Manager
- Keith Johnson - DEQ Clean and Site manager
- Cassie Cohen - Executive Director of Groundwork Portland
- Will Bennett - Emerson Garden Site Coordinator
- Right 2 Survive Representative
- Groundwork Portland Green Team Representative
*note: not all speakers are available both days.
Along the way, we’ll visit the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, a brownfield in East Portland and take a break and visit the Emerson Street Garden and learn about its previous life as a residence, an empty lot and finally a garden.
The Dirty Side of Portland tours happen only once – Saturday, August 2, 11am-2pm or Sunday, August 3, 1pm-4pm. Tickets are still available and offered at a sliding scale. Get your tickets now.