Rosewood’s Vision (it’s a draft, please tell us what you think!)

After lots of great conversations with many community members, here is a draft of our work. Please let us know your thoughts. We’ll be turning this in to Portland Development Commission on Monday to be a recognized Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative district. Good work everybody!!!

Our vision:

We are building a safe, healthy, respectful, vibrant and inclusive community that brings prosperity to everyone in Rosewood.  Empowered community members drive meaningful and appropriate change in partnership with agencies across Portland, Gresham and Multnomah County jurisdictions.  Residents and businesses are connected to one another and to resources that help achieve shared goals.  We utilize strengths in the community to build a positive image and future for Rosewood.

This is a neighborhood where people want to live and local businesses thrive with community support. It is safe to walk at all times of the day and night.  The major commercial centers at SE 162nd and Stark and SE 148th and Stark are economically vibrant and convenient by a variety of modes of transportation.  There are good connections from these commercial centers to MAX Light Rail on Burnside as well as walking and biking accessibility for local residents.  Cohesive design elements tie the district together and create a beautiful environment that people take pride in.  Mentorships and apprenticeships focus on empowering vulnerable community members, especially youth, people of color, immigrants, New Portlanders, people with disabilities and people in poverty.  Residents and businesses celebrate the rich cultural diversity and history of Rosewood, attracting long-term residents, businesses and visitors alike.

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