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Voices of Albina

Generations of Black Portland families are still negatively impacted by the original construction of I-5 in the 1950s. Lasting harm was caused when members of the historic Albina Community lost their homes, businesses and community places to make way for the freeway. As an Agency, ODOT has put a renewed focus on historic Albina through the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project and acknowledges this painful history. Despite the damage the freeway caused, the Black Community remains resilient and focused on the future. The accompanying video on this page features well known Black Portlanders reflecting on the Albina neighborhood of yesterday, as well as people who are working to invest in and build the Albina of tomorrow.