Straight Talk with Laural Porter
Albina Vision Trust leaders outline what a restored Lower Albina in Portland would look like
Four out of five Black Portlanders once lived in Albina, a portion of inner Northeast Portland that includes the Elliot, Boise, King, Humboldt, Overlook, Irvington and Piedmont neighborhoods, but many of those residents were displaced by the construction of Interstate 5, during which Black-owned homes and business were destroyed through eminent domain and urban renewal policies.
Albina Vision Trust is a nonprofit that advocates for large-scale restorative development in the area, aiming to revitalize and reconnect the historically Black Albina community.
The nonprofit's executive director Winta Yohannes, board chair Michael Alexander and strategic communications lead JT Flowers were guests on this week's episode of Straight Talk to discuss the history of Albina, what Albina Vision Trust has accomplished so far, and the organization's vision and plans for the future.
"Our dream is to successfully execute that vision and create a brand-new neighborhood where wealth is shared and opportunity is available to all who live there," Yohannes said, adding that if successful, the scale of the project would result in the area adding a whole new ZIP code.
The plan to replace the aging I-5 bridge joining Portland and Vancouver
This week, Laural Porter sat down with two key figures organizing the project to replace the Interstate Bridge that links Oregon and Washington. Unlike the last time this happened, the project is making slow but steady progress and appears to have much of the necessary funding lined up. Construction is expected to begin in late 2025.
Rep. Andrea Salinas discusses the ups and downs of her first year in Congress
U.S. Rep. Andrea Salinas is nearing the end of her first year in Congress representing Oregon's 6th Congressional District, and she called in to this week's episode of Straight Talk from Washington DC to talk about the ups and downs of her first term so far.
Salinas won the first election for the newly-created district in November 2022 after previously serving three terms in the Oregon House of Representatives.
She weighed in on two topics that have been dominating headlines in recent weeks: The ouster of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and congressional Republicans' struggle to elect a successor, as well as Hamas's attacks on Israel and subsequent conflict in the Gaza Strip. But she also discussed a range of federal legislation that she's worked on this year that could have and the potential environmental, economic and health care impacts for Oregonians.
The cannabis gold rush may be over in Oregon, but the industry still sees a bright future
When Oregon legalized recreational cannabis use eight years ago, people flocked from all over the country to either use it for themselves or get in on the ground floor of the burgeoning business. Today cannabis is a billion-dollar industry, producing hundreds of millions of tax dollars each year for state coffers.
Oversaturation remains a big problem for Oregon's cannabis industry, and product prices have dropped significantly. Regardless, things are looking up on the national level, with huge breakthroughs on the horizon.
Domestic violence: How to identify it and access resources for those who need help
On this week's Straight Talk, KGW's Ashley Korslien speaks to three experts about how to identify domestic violence and access resources for victims.
PSU welcomes new president at a challenging time for public universities
When students of Portland State University head back to class on Tuesday, there will be a new leader at the helm of Portland's public research university, located right in the heart of the city.
PSU's board of trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Ann Cudd the university's 11th president. She takes over from former president Stephen Percy, who retired in July. Dr. Cudd is only the second woman to serve as PSU president in the school's 76-year history.
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