History in Albina and Looking to the Future
The first two decades of the federal interstate system construction displaced more than a million Americans. In the 1950s and 60s, this construction had a profoundly negative impact on communities of color.
In Portland, generations of Black families of the Albina neighborhood are still haunted by the lasting impact of the loss of their homes, businesses, places of worship and social cohesion. The construction of I-5, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Portland Public School Blanchard site, and “urban renewal” divided and displaced communities in North and Northeast Portland leaving generational trauma in its wake.
Success Story: Foreman Turon White found more than a job at Raimore Construction.
Today, ODOT is determined to weaken the barriers created by the initial highway construction in order to create a better future for Black Portlanders. The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project is expected to generate substantial opportunities for economic development and redevelopment in the Albina neighborhood. By adhering to project values that center the Black community, ODOT is determined to level up.