Start Date: 03/17/2021 5:00 PM
End Date: 03/17/2021 7:00 PM
In the last year, Portland's parks and public spaces have faced growing challenges. The pandemic muted the city’s normally bustling street life. The humanitarian crisis of houselessness has left vulnerable Portlanders on the streets. Monuments have been toppled or officially removed for reconsideration. Public buildings, institutions, arts organizations, and private businesses have been damaged or vandalized.
At the same time, marches, street theater, sculptures and murals have transformed our parks and public spaces into stages and canvases filled with urgent and creative calls for meaningful change.
Portland’s once-nationally celebrated 50-year legacy of creating lively urban public spaces has come to a pause, a disruption, and a collective opportunity to ask fundamental questions:
- How can we heal a history of exclusion?
- Who and what are our public spaces for?
- Who and what should we commemorate?
- Can we foster more inclusive forms of commerce and creativity?
Designer, urbanist, racial and spatial justice activist
In conversation with Manuel Padilla, Oregon Solutions
When: 5 pm, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, Zoom
Admission: Free, but donations accepted
“Justice has a geography," Liz said in a recent talk, Design in the Apocalypse. "The equitable distribution of access, services, and opportunities is a basic human right.”
Manuel Padilla has worked in peace building, conflict reconciliation, restorative justice, and conducting public dialogue toward culture change. He is a project manager with Oregon Solutions, which brings business, government, and nonprofits to the table to address community needs.