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Hill Block Building in 1962
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 31 May 2018

The regular meeting of the Hill Block Project Working Group will be held Wednesday, June 6 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at New Song Community Church, 2511 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland. The public is welcome and community input is requested.

In August of 2017, Legacy Health joined the City of Portland and Prosper Portland (formerly Portland Development Commission) in announcing a collaborative effort to develop a vacant 1.7-acre block on the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center property. This land once housed the Hill Block building and was considered the heart of the Albina business community where many African Americans resided in nearby homes until urban renewal came in the 1960s. Though vacant for nearly 50 years, this plot of land still evokes painful memories for many African Americans who still talk about the unfair destruction and loss of their community.

 More information about this project, can be found here.

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