1/3/23 – People’s Public Hearing at Harriet Tubman Middle School

Photo from January 2023 rally.

In September 2022, No More Freeways sent ODOT a letter asking if ODOT planned to host an in-person public hearing for the proposed Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion.

In November, it became apparent ODOT decided against holding an in-person event. Instead, No More Freeways and our partners instead decided to host our own.

NMF partnered with local advocacy groups including the Eliot Neighborhood Association and Sunrise Movement PDX to host the “People’s Public Hearing on the Proposed Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion” at Harriet Tubman Middle School on the evening of Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023.

This event included invited testimony from advocates concerned about the impact this proposed expansion will have on air quality, street safety, traffic congestion and carbon emissions in the Albina neighborhood, followed by open testimony from the public.

Below are some links to some of our favorite testimonies from the hearing:

Nakisha Nathan, Neighbors for Clean Air

Joe Cortright, City Observatory

Michelle DuBarry, Families for Safe Streets

Ukiah Steiner-Halloran, Rural Sunrise Oregon

Robin Sack, Sunrise Movement PDX

Claire Vlach, Oregon Walks

Paul Rippey, Portland Folk Music Society (trust us)