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It’s been a bumpy ride: Housing Discrimination in Portland, Bus Tour

Date: 8:30am PDT April 13, 2014 Location: Bus Loads at Templeton Campus Center

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    Vanport is a relatively unknown element of Portland's history - in 1942 it was the largest public housing project in the USA, housing 40,000 working class folk, 40% of them African American. Vanport City was devastated and destroyed when a dike broke on the Columbia in 1948, flooding the city, and displacing the inhabitants.

Bus Loads at Templeton Campus Center

There was a time when Oregon was known as the most discriminatory state north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Until 1926, it was illegal for African Americans to live in Oregon, which was home to more than 70,000 Ku Klux Klan members. “Sundown laws” prevented Asians and African Americans from even staying overnight in many cities.

Come join L&C community members to tour the greater Portland area and learn about historic housing discrimination and how it has shaped the landscape of Oregon, and continues to do so today.

This morning long tour is brought to L&C community members by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the Dean of Students office, Campus Living, and Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement.


Participating in this Bus Tour requires an RSVP by April 5, 2014.  

Please RSVP Here.


Please Board Bus by 8:15am!

If you have any questions, please contact Charlie Ahlquist at


Event Cost

This event is free for L&C community members to attend with RSVP.  However, due to limited space on the tour, RSVPing and failing to appear will result in a $20 charge.

Event Contact

Charlie Ahlquist
Assistant Director for Residential Education
45.449180022196; -122.67096853569