Children and families in the Cully-Concordia area of Northeast Portland are the subject of a new video recently posted online. For two years, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has been collaborating with Portland Public Schools (PPS), interested community members, institutions and organizations on the Cully-Concordia Community Assessment Report and Action Plan, which was approved by Portland City Council in November 2008.

The video presents school and community partners’ perspectives on the goals of the Action Plan: making schools in Cully-Concordia the centers of community; meeting student and family needs; creating economic development opportunities, addressing the widespread deficiency of infrastructure and community facilities in the area; and building community understanding through partnerships.

The video was shown as part of a BPS staff presentation at the American Planning Association’s National Conference in Minneapolis this spring entitled “Portland’s School-Based Community Planning Approach.” Many thanks go to John Cardenas, Portland Development Commission, for video production, and PPS and Portland Community Media for video footage.

To learn more about the Cully-Condordia neighborhood and the community assessment report and action plan, go to