The Portland mayor announced plans to spend $20 million in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area.
"This historically African-American sector of our city needs jobs," Hales said in a statement. "It needs economic opportunity. And it needs affordable housing. And working together, the community leaders and I are committed to this future."
The roundtable discussion comes on the heels of Trader Joe's statement in early February that it wouldn't open a store in Northeast Portland, citing "negative reaction" from the community.
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