Cultivating Portlandia: Urban agriculture and eco-gentrification in Portland, Oregon

Join us for a research seminar with Dr. Nathan McClintock of Portland State University.

Wed June 18
1-2:30 pm
MCML 258

Cultivating Portlandia: Urban agriculture and eco-gentrification in Portland, Oregon

Abstract: Portland, Oregon, is a city celebrated for innovations in sustainability and green infrastructure, including urban agriculture. In this talk, Dr. McClintock will present preliminary results of a mixed-methods study to evaluate the scale and scope of residential gardening and other forms of urban agriculture in Portland. Mapping and spatial analysis of over 3,000 home gardens reveal that reveal that the majority of gardens are concentrated in gentrified and gentrifying residential areas of inner Portland. Surveys of over 300 residential gardeners and 40 organizations reveal that many urban agriculturalists frame their efforts through the lens of sustainability and environmental concerns. In sum, the return of residential capital—and associated sustainability culture—to the urban core has, in turn, contributed to the displacement of poverty and people of color to suburban East Portland.

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