History in Albina and Looking to the Future
In the 1950s and 1960s, construction of I-5, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Emanuel Legacy Hospital, Portland Public School Blanchard site, and urban renewal divided and displaced communities in North and Northeast Portland, impacting communities of color, especially African American communities, in the historic Albina neighborhood.
With the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, ODOT has the opportunity to design a process to actively engage affected communities to find design solutions that reduce some of the barriers created by the construction of these historic projects. ODOT anticipates the project will generate more opportunities for economic development and redevelopment in the Albina neighborhood.
For the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, ODOT is changing the way it does business by setting goals and working to achieve values-based outcomes on how the project will contract with minority-owned Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and engage with the community.