The I Love This Place project was first started by Jubilee Lopez in 2014 and carried on by Soha Ahmed during the summer of 2015. Tyler White, a De La Salle North student, who has now carried on the project.
With the help and guidance of the PLACE Program, a civic engagement and urban planning program based out of the Catlin Gabel School, and director George Zaninovich, I Love This Place has become a youth-led storytelling project, dedicated to telling the stories of all people, in turn connecting their stories to the community issues here in Portland.
The primary goal has been to start a dialogue about forms of community change throughout Portland’s neighborhoods. In doing this the display of community pride and identity has become transformative. We are publishing the truth of people who are directly affected by these issues of change gentrification and community change to create room for conversation and groundwork for mutual understanding.
Jazkia Phillips - Youth Advocate Thomas Cassidy - Outreach Coordinator
Taji Chesimet - Event Coordinator Bella Meyers - Content Editor
Bailey Sneed and Luke Van-Buskirk-- Project Coordinators
Hannah Davis, Vikram Nallakrishnan and Yebeen Kim-- Guide Creators
Andrew Park-- Media Coordinator
Grace Wong and Tyler White-- Website Design and Content Coordinators
George Zaninovich and Krystal Wu-- Project Adult Support
Kyle Greenspan - Journalism and Research Intern 2018
As I move past my time in high school, I want to begin building my skillset as a young journalist. For me, the most logical first step is reporting on the issues that matter most to our community here in Portland. Working with the CENTER and I Love this Place PDX blog will allow me to have an outlet for this work. I also hope to give back to our community by providing some additional resources and new perspectives on the blog.
Zulema Young-Toledo - Multi-media Intern 2017
Zulema worked at the CENTER as a social-media and multi-media intern creating Instagram and video content .
Soha Ahmed - Research intern 2015
I first got involved with the PLACE Program the summer after my sophomore year. That summer I learned a lot about the history of Portland, and the current efforts around developing Portland. I found the conversations we had about gentrification and new developments in the Albina districts to be impactful, and I wanted to stay involved in the work the PLACE Program did from there on out. During the past school year, I helped with the planning of the new PLACE center that is opening in NE Portland. When planning for its opening, we considered how best to acknowledge the history of the district while being a part of the new development on N Williams Ave. This question is important to me and I tried to make sure that there are ways the community can feel welcome in the new PLACE center. Over this past summer, I continued my work with PLACE by working on this website. I added to the resources page because I feel that it is important that people can learn about the history the Albina district and how it is growing. I find the work I have done for the PLACE Program meaningful because the the issue of gentrification is not widely talked about in our community, but I think it is important to understand and discuss what it is and how it is affecting Portland. I believe the PLACE Program is creating this conversation in Portland, and I am glad that I have been able to be a part of it.
Former Student Support Staff
Nic Bergen - Filmer/Photographer/Editor
Ben Waitches-Eubanks - Filmer/Editor
Ford Brown - Videographer/Editor
Nico Hamacher - Photographer
Charley Ward - Logo Designer
Reuben Schafir - Filmer/Editor