Gentrification in Portland, Ore. in the 1990s (documentary)

This is a digital remaster done in 2017. A 2002 documentary about gentrification in the black neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon. In the early stages of gentrification improvements are often seen as a solution to persistent crime and blight. But as homeowners replace renters a new class bias can emerge that transcends race. This edition of the film was remastered in 2017 for improved color and sound. The Story: Nikki Williams struggles to provide a decent life for her 10-year-old daughter. She takes on drug dealers and a developer intent on creating low-income housing in her neighborhood. While public officials emphasize the need for new affordable housing that will prevent displacement caused by gentrification, opponents fear that the new property will attract crime. NorthEast Passage is a unique and complex portrait of a neighborhood in the midst of dramatic change. It chronicles the clashes between those who advocate making rental properties available to low-income individuals and those who promote homeownership and increasing investment in an area, even when it comes at a human price. As seen through the eyes of one woman, this film examines an issue that challenges nearly every inner city in the country. [Film contains mild profanity] A sequel to this film, Priced Out, is scheduled for release in 2017. More details at

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