Professionals hope to reclaim neighborhood’s cultural identity with black-owned business

This article titled “Portland’s black residents putting faith in ‘Soul District’ to counter gentrification” was written by Melanie Sevcenko in Portland, Oregon, for theguardian.com on Monday 23rd May 2016 11.00 UTC

Portland’s north-east Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard is a four-lane thoroughfare peppered with general conveniences but little foot traffic. Drivers are just trying to get somewhere else, accelerating past the unremarkable architecture and chain stores.

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