Roof Repaired For Murrays, Northeast Portland Family Facing Foreclosure


A team of 25 people made repairs last weekend to help save the house of Nelson and Helen Murray, the last African-American family on their block of Northeast 11th Avenue. WW reported in August that the family was in danger of losing their home to foreclosure after signing a “pick-a-payment” mortgage in 2007. In order to modify their loan and avoid additional fees from the city, the Murrays ...   More
Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Samantha Matsumoto

For Murrays, Facing Foreclosure, a Neighbor Starts a Crowdfunding Campaign

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A crowdfunding campaign is now underway to help save the house of Nelson and Helen Murray, the last African American family on their block of Northeast 11th Avenue. WW's current issue includes a story about the Murrays' battle against foreclosure in a neighborhood that—before gentrification—was evenly divided between black and white residents. Wells Fargo in July 2013 filed court ...   More
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO

The Long Goodbye

The last African-American family on a Portland block faces losing its home.

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To Helen Murray, a tour of her home is a tour of her life. Over the fireplace, Helen, 77, and her husband, Nelson, 82, display photographs of their six children. Pictures of their 12 grandchil   More

Portland's Big Transformation Viewed Through the Lens of Google Street View

Check out Director Park, Salt & Straw and Hair of the Dog Brewing way back in the Bush years.


We all know Portland is changing. Who hasn’t walked down Division and marveled at the changes over the past two years alone?Google Street View now allows you to look at images from back in 2007, you can directly compare the streets of today to the way they looked back in the day. LA Weekly and Pittsburgh magazine have done it with their towns, and now, here’s what it looks like for several ...   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 KATHERINE MARRONE

Portland's Gentrification: Now Color Coded!


The Portland Housing Bureau has released a mostly-finished draft of its "Housing Opportunity Analysis," its look at where the city can help fight the negative effects on gentrification on the people who already live there.Part of its analysis includes a color-coded map that predicts where the heaviest levels of gentrification are likely to occur.(Not so) BREAKING: Most of the city, including inner ...   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Fund-raiser For Family Featured in 2007 WW Cover Story

Back in 2007, freelance writer Nancy Rommelmann interviewed several of her neighbors as part of a cover story she wrote chronicling the ongoing gentrification of her Portland neighborhood on Northeast Cook Street . Among those neighbors was machinist Arthur Campbell, who died little more than a year ago at age 60 of cancer of the lung and brain stem. And now Campbell's widow, Veverly Campbell, ...   More
Friday, September 24, 2010 Jason Slotkin


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