An arborist removes a tree to prepare the lot for the removal of the Mayo house and the construction of new town homes.
“I thought, ‘I could save the house,’” said Cleo Davis, an artist who lives just a few doors down.The Mayo house appealed to him because demolition and lost opportunities are a big part of his family’s story — and part of the African-American experience in this part of Portland.
“People literally have nowhere to go,” Crichton said. “It’s not just the loss of people’s safety and security and their neighborhood, their sense of community, we’re losing the character of Portland, too.”
A video produced by Brushfire Creative Partners and Ifanyi Bell, inspired by his essay “The Air I Breathe” in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Oregon Humanities magazine, “Quandary.” Read the story here: http://oregonhumanities.org/magazine/…
Since publishing the book, however, its creators have revisited their subjects and documented the amazing rate of change as “luxury condos and artisanal cupcake boutiques uproot local delis and dive bars.”
Or, just go see Justin Blinder’s amazing work here.
Vacated reverse engineers Google Street View to highlight the changing landscape of various neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. The project finds buildings constructed in the past four years using the NYC Department of City Planning’s PLUTO dataset, and it leverages Google Street View’s cache to visualize absent lots just before new buildings were constructed. For Envision 2017’s website, the ages of other buildings on these same blocks are also shown in each scene.