Village Portland update!

Hello everyone! It’s Andrew here, I just wanted to say hello and update you on what Village Portland has been up to.


We’ve added new neighborhoods, partnerships, and reporters— and we are stoked about some new moves in the works.


Cory Elia (Reflection: conducting the survey for the Portland Street Response) and Lesley McLam have been doing some awesome work around homelessness and homeless organizing, and are focusing in on more focused reporting on the areas of PSU and St Johns, respectively.


McLam has been reporting on Jason Barns Landing, a managed camp in North Portland that’s taking what I see as a civil disobedience approach to their camp. And their answering the question: what happens when homeless folk tire of being moved— tired of having their community scattered— keep coming back to the same place?


Both Elia and McLam are volunteers at community radio station KBOO, and use their equipment to publish a podcast called TRIP-P. Like KBOO, Open Signal, is a resource for community media creators that we’ve been collaborating with.


Another media non-profit that trains homeless youth in video storytelling we’re collaborating with, Outside the Frame, also uses Open Signal equipment.


Here’s the third episode of Village Portland Presents, a five-episode series we produced for Open Signal earlier this year. It’s a compilation of video stories, themed around community organizing and culture.


It’s been great to meet other organizations and folks passionate about independent media, and offering more folks a chance to tell their stories.

The sights and tastes of Portland’s Alberta Arts District


Oh, The Alberta Arts District!

The artist community here is so rich. This little slice of Portland was restored by craftsman. Take a look around, the old buildings are covered with murals, rich in history. And talking about pie, the food is made with Portland’s love. Some of the best cuisines are found in this humble place.

Buildings and businesses closed down in the 1970s. It was a rough time. In the 1990s much of the district was refreshed, mostly with paint. The arts district is known for the murals and public statues. Now Alberta Street is lined with galleries, artisan shops, and boutiques. Every month is Last Thursday art walk and street fair.

Alberta Rose Theater was abandoned for about twenty years and is currently celebrated as a vintage theater featuring a variety of live bands and performances.


Out and about for the Alberta Arts District’s Last Thursday street fair


On the Last Thursday of June, July, and August, Albert Street is pedestrian-only for fifteen blocks– giving artists, musicians, and crafts people a chance to woo the crowds of thousands.

What started as a DIY neighborhood event has grown to attract thousands of Portlanders and tourists every month.

The event is free for vendors, but organizers require everything sold to be hand made. For more information, including how to vend at Last Thursday, visit