Residents of a section of North Portland plagued by gang violence in recent years may soon see some uplift in the form of a bike hub.
A plan is in the works in the North Columbia neighborhood to transform two vacant parcels into a hub for the area’s 2,500 residents, 50 percent of whom are under 18, reported the Portland Tribune. The project would feature a pump bike track for children, as well as a repair show where residents would learn how to repair the bicycles, the newspaper reported.
The nonprofit Community Cycling Center is spearheading the proposed project. The group has had several activities in the neighborhood since 2009, including fix-it fairs and community bike rides.
The project proponents hope to give residents some hope. North Columbia has had two high profile shootings in the past three years that rocked the community.
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