Thursday, May 3 (THIS Thursday)
YMCA Arts Center, 6036 S.E. Foster, Portland
Whose land is public land? -- Repurposing the Wickman-Arleta Library
The Holgate Library replaced the Wickman-Arleta Library. The building still stands and has been in semi-use by Multnomah County. It is the brick building near S.E. 64th Avenue, on Holgate one short block from where Foster and Holgate converge.
The County wants to repurpose it so that the Southeast Neighborhood can use it.
This Thursday, May 3, there is going to be an important meeting at the YMCA Arts Center at 6036 S.E. Foster, starting at 6:30 p.m., to which Southeast Portland community members are invited. At this meeting you will learn about what has happened so far in the process of repurposing the Wickman-Arleta Library Building and what community suggestions have already been made. MOST IMPORTANTLY, you will be able to voice your preference about how this building should be used in the future.
This is a great opportunity to be involved and have an impact on a building that could become an important gathering place for the neighborhood.
YES to community autonomy and self-determination! NO to for-profit developers. Public land paid for with taxpayer dollars is public land -- not an opportunity to land-grab by for-profit developers.
For more information on the Arleta Library Building, please see http://www.southeastuplift.org/content/arleta-library .
For more information on the issue of Public Land Disposition (Whose land is public land?), please see Southeast Uplift's page-substantially-in-progress: