Vanport City talk at Design Week Portland

Dear Portland people!

I’m speaking at Design Week Portland on Oct 11th (5:30pm, Ziba auditorium) with Clear Cut Press co-founder Matthew Stadler, Silicon Florist dude Rick Turoczy, Mental Floss blogger Chris Higgins and Ziba writer Carl Alviani. I’ll be discussing Vanport City, aka Portland’s Hurricane Katrina.

We were told to research something that was designed and helped make Portland the city it is today, and Vanport offers a fascinating, if sad look at Portland’s racial history. (Spoiler alert! Oregon is still white as hell. There are reasons for that.)

Come and learn about your city!

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  • jerome parker

    I can still remember the flood – I was six at the time. The phone rang while my large family was at the dinner table in northeast Portland. I can remember my usually taciturn father saying “No! No! I don’t believe it.”
    It was a tone of fascination, not horror or despair.

    A few days later he went out with a friend in a small boat and salvaged some plywood sheets.
    These became a ping-pong table that endured for 50 years and may still be in service.