We're loving this short piece from Oregon Humanities. It discusses communal spaces, architecture, gentrification and race in Portland, in a way that is very honest and compelling.
Arguments for gentrification typically lack any reference to how new construction will negatively impact historically important places for relating. Future:Portland takes a look at why spaces are important. It looks at why the disappearance of important places can feel like the disappearance of more than bricks-and-mortar, but of life rafts that helped people of color feel connected and at home in the Pacific Northwest.