June 12, 2012
The Oregonian recently published a series on Fair Housing. The intersection of race, geography, and opportunity is an important subject.
On Sunday, The Oregonian’s Editorial Board weighed in. They made three important points:
1. Powerful market forces, including low vacancy rates, rising rents,
and unemployment, are pushing low-income families east.
2. Portland cannot solve this problem alone. It will require a
3. The best long-term approach to housing choice is to invest in distressed neighborhoods
and to build and preserve housing in stronger neighborhoods.
Over the past four years, the City has invested close to $200 million (roughly one-quarter in federal funds, the rest local) to improve the quality of housing options city-wide — from Cully and Lents to South Waterfront and Hillsdale.
We welcome your thoughts.