PSA 2017–Sign up for special local tours

Use the e-form below to sign up for one of the special local Portland tours organized by PSA members! 

Please meet in the lobby area on the Broadway side of the conference hotel about 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin. Your tour leader(s) will collect any money you need to prepay, give more information, and have you sign a Release of Liability form.


The tours: 

 DONE   Thursday, April 6   7-10 pm   Pearl District Pub Crawl, with Ron Mize of Oregon State University   Some of the most recognizable Oregon craft brews are conveniently located near Powell’s Bookstore in the burgeoning, and gentrifying, Pearl District.  Sample from Oregon namesakes such as Deschutes, 10 Barrel, Rogue, and McMenamins. (Maximum 25 participants; participation not open to undergraduate students; will need to prepay $20.)

DONE     FULL! Friday, April 7  10 am-12 pm   Weed Walk   Take an educational and historic tour of Portland’s legal cannabis industry with Tony Silvaggio of Humboldt State University and the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research and Dominic Corva, Executive Director of the Center for Cannabis Study and Social Policy.  The tour will visit some of Portland’s top rated cannabis dispensaries as well as provide you with valuable insights into the world of legal cannabis in the northwest. Tour leaves conference hotel at 10 am and ends at the famous Portland food trucks near the conference hotel at noon.  (Participation not open to undergraduate students; cost about $30 prepaid for tour transportation; maximum 24 participants.)

DONE     Tour is FULL!  Friday, April 7  1:45-3:15 pm  Workshop: Gentrification in Portland: A Story of the Betrayal of African American Residents    followed by Guided Driving Tour (approximately 3:15-5 pm), with Dwaine Plaza and Richard Mitchell of Oregon State University and Chelsea Bunch of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette   Portland, Oregon, has become one of the United States worst examples of the displacement of poor people and gentrification.  Black Portlanders suffer enormously from this catastrophic combination of falling incomes and rising housing costs (Savitch-Lew 2016).  Since 2010, rents have increased an average of 20 percent, the sixth-fastest rise in the nation after cities like New York and San Jose.  In 2015, Portland ranked first in the country for the percentage of land tracts identified as gentrifying by Governing Magazine. The number of homeless Black people in Portland grew by 48 percent in 2015 (Savitch-Lew 2016). Though they make up only 7 percent of Portland residents, Black people constitute a disproportionate 25 percent of the homeless population in the city. Gentrification has a physical as well as socioeconomic component that results in the upgrading of housing stock in the neighborhood and a changed character of the neighborhood. White millennials in Portland, eager to live close to where they work and access the cultural vibrancy of city life, are driving up demand for housing and displace Black and other low income residents from the neighborhoods they helped to build.

This workshop will occurs in two parts. The first part involves a lecture and overview of the major historical issues that make Portland Oregon a space that betrayed African American folks.  The second part is an action learning  guided driving tour of the neighborhoods in the city of Portland that were most affected by gentrification process.  (Participation in guided tour limited to 20 people

Saturday, April 8   7-10 pm  Eastside Brewery Crawl  Portland has been described as the “King of beer cities,” “Beervana,” and “beer capital of the world.”  The Central Eastside, a former industrial district where all river and rail routes converged, has been host to a burgeoning craft brewery scene over the past two decades.  Take the tour with recent Portland-transplant and OSU Professor of Language, Culture, and Society Ron Mize to see one reason why many Portlanders “work half as much and live twice as good” — Carrie Brownstein (co-creator, Portlandia and lead guitarist, Sleater-Kinney).  Discussions about gender representation in the brewing industry, an overview of the craft and mass production models, Northwest beer terroir (water, hops, and barley), and Portland-based innovations in beer styles will accompany tastings at each of the breweries.    (Maximum 25 participants; participation not open to undergraduate students; will need to prepay $25)  ***THERE MAY BE A FEW MORE SPACES IN THIS TOUR; IF INTERESTED, MEET UP IN THE LOBBY ON THE BROADWAY SIDE OF THE CONFERENCE HOTEL ABOUT 10 MINUTES BEFORE THE TOUR IS SCHEDULED TO DEPART***