Voices of Albina

Generations of Black Portland families are still negatively impacted by the original construction of I-5 in the 1950s. Lasting harm was caused when members of the historic Albina Community lost their homes, businesses and community places to make way for the freeway. As an Agency, ODOT has put a renewed focus on historic Albina through the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project and acknowledges this painful history. Despite the damage the freeway caused, the Black Community remains resilient and focused on the future. The accompanying video on this page features well known Black Portlanders reflecting on the Albina neighborhood of yesterday, as well as people who are working to invest in and build the Albina of tomorrow.

More Voices of Albina

Hear from some of Albina's community members as they dive deeper into what the neighborhood means to them and what they'd like to see for the future of Albina.

Kimberly Brown 

Owner of Dean's Beauty Salon & Barber Shop

Sprinavasa Brown

Co-Founder and Executive Director of ELSO

Chris Guinn III

Co-Owner of Dwell Realty

Dr. Steven Holt

Strategic Advisor to the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project and Owner of Try Excellence

Paul Knauls Sr.

"Mayor of Northeast Portland"

DeAngelo Moaning

Chief of Staff at Raimore Construction

Kevin Modica

Retired Assistant Chief of Portland Police Bureau

James Posey

Small Business Owner

Ericka Warren

Strategic Advisor to the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project and Partner at Try Excellence

Collage of people representing the Rose Quarter