Got a Library CarD? You Can Now Stream Priced Out!


Priced Out, the award-winning 2017 documentary on gentrification in the black neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon, is now available on educational streaming platforms Kanopy.

Kanopy works with public and private library systems around the country, including the nation's university systems. If you have a library card with the Multnomah County Library in in Portland, for example, you can live stream the film today.

We're excited that Priced Out will now be available to millions of US students and library cardholders.

Priced Out tells the compelling story of how one woman went from embracing gentrification to cursing it, as her neighborhood slowly transformed from a black-majority to a white-majority community. Along the way, we see the contradictions and complexities that arise when cities improve neighborhoods but leave traditional residents priced out.

The film is currently available on Kanopy and will be available on Hoopla in the coming weeks. Please contact us at with any questions.



Dec. 9. Show, Support the Podcast in 2019

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[Reporter Thacher Schmid (left) and Cornelius (right) talk about how illegal Airbnbs are worsening Portland’ housing crisis on the Priced Out Podcast] 

Happy Holidays from Team Priced Out
If you still have friends, family or lukewarm enemies who haven't yet seen Priced Out on the big screen, there's a free show coming up this Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Oregon Historical Society.
This screening will be followed by a promising panel discussion with Karen Gibson of Portland State University.  Gibson was the author of Bleeding Albina: A History of Community Disinvestment, which was one of the many academic sources we used when researching the film Priced Out.
Sunday, December 9, 2018,
5 PM – 7 PM
Oregon Historical Society

1200 SW Park Ave.

Portland, Oregon 97205
Podcast Hits Benchmark
The Priced Out Podcast hit a benchmark this month with the show's 1,000th download.  It's a modest benchmark but everyone has got to start somewhere. We're pleased to have produced 24 episodes so far and to see that most of our listens have migrated over from the YouTube Channel that formerly hosted the show.  Our latest, Root Shock and the Emotional Impact of Gentrification is a compelling interview with Michelle Lewis.  Lewis is featured in the documentary Priced Out, where she tells the story of when she lost her home in the subprime mortgage crisis and how her family was ostracized in East Portland, their new adopted neighborhood.
Here are some of our more popular recent shows:
EP 23: Fighting Gentrification with Historic Preservation
EP 22: "I gentrified the neighborhood." Interview with Black Realtor [Pt 2]
EP: 20: [Special Edition] Illegal AirBnBs Steal 1,500 Housing Units from Portland

Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you get your pods.
If you just can't get enough of these interviews, we do live stream the in-studio interviews when we can. You can find those on Facebook and our YouTube Channel if you are interested in the unedited conversation.
We hope we'll get to the point where we will have enough audience to take questions during the live stream. That's something we are looking forward to in the future. 

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[Cornelius and Andru yuk it up on the podcast. We want to keep this act going in 2019.]

Looking forward to 2019
Speaking of 2019, in January, we will take a little time off from the podcast to plan Season 2.  As we move into the second year of the film's distribution, the podcast will be the primary way that the film will be promoted.  It will also be our primary vehicle for continuing coverage of gentrification, the most important social issue facing American cities today.
As we begin charting our vision for 2019, please consider supporting the podcast. You can do this with a small (or huge) monthly contribution. Just hit the "Support This Podcast" button on the podcast homepage on Anchor.FM. Your support will be crucial as we look at extending the program. 

Our producer Andru Morgan has been a fantastic asset.  We want to keep him on board.  Right now, we have access to audio recording gear through the generous support of NW Documentary. But NW Doc is not set up as a recording studio. It will take a modest investment to keep Andru and upgrade to equipment that will let us do more professional sounding in-studio and phone interviews.
We know there are so many worthy things to support out there, but we hope you can contribute.
All the best to you for the holidays and we hope you have a prosperous New Year.
Team Priced Out

Root Shock: The Psychological Impacts of Gentrification [EP 24] Priced Out Podcast

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ABOVE: Scene with Michelle Lewis in the documentary Priced Out: 15 Years of Gentrification in Portland, Ore.

We talk with Michelle Lewis about the emotional and psychological impacts of gentrification and displacement known as Root Shock. Lewis is a mental health counselor who works specifically with the African American community in Portland, Ore. She was featured in our documentary Priced Out. In the film, she talked about losing her home in the subprime mortgage crisis and the challenges of living in a far-flung neighborhood that was often hostile to black residents. 

Lewis updates us on her recent experiences with gentrification and talks about how her black clients must often choose their battles carefully when they feel confronted by a racist exchange. The discussion gets personal as our hosts weigh in on their own experiences and thoughts.

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Using Historic Preservation to Fight Gentrification [EP 23] Priced Out Podcast


An interview with Portland data activist Megan Hanson.  Hanson is a complex data analyst who works with logistics software giant Oracle.  After seeing alarming rent hikes and a wave of demolitions in her neighborhood, she started to investigate the Portland zoning code on her free time. She found that the State of Oregon required a public notification process before older homes could be demolished, but that the City of Portland was no longer enforcing these rules

As a result, developers were able to buy up cheap rental properties, evict tenants and knock them down. Hanson also helped create a multilayered data map designed to illustrate the impacts of Portland’s new proposal to up-zone 96% of the city. Join us as we get into the weeds of the intersectionality of affordable housing, demolitions, displacement, and historic preservation.  

Link: What the National Home Builder’s Association really thinks of liberal opponents
Link: Residential Infill Project Displacement Risk Map

For another point of view, check out EP 10: What is Zoning and the Residential Infill Strategy

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Sweeping Victory for Housing Agenda in Portland, Oregon, Midterms

Gov. Kate Brown (D) announces her victory on Nov. 6. Courtesy KGW/NewsChannel 8

Gov. Kate Brown (D) announces her victory on Nov. 6. Courtesy KGW/NewsChannel 8

The midterm elections were good news for advancing the fight against gentrification and displacement in Portland and the state of Oregon. The state saw a record turnout of 1.87 million voters (67.8 percent) that yielded a clean sweep for the pro-housing agenda.

Voters unilaterally pushed forward the most impressive cluster of candidates and ballot measures I've seen in my 20 years of covering this issue.

As we discussed in our podcast, the midterms offered a slate of must-win candidates and ballot measures crucial for the battle against housing displacement. Never has an array of candidates and measures interlocked so much on an agenda. And the voters approved every one of them.

All of our endorsements won, making the Priced Out Podcast the most influential political entity in the STATE! YES! The POWER!!!! Okay, no...we just got lucky.

Here's the rundown:

VICTORY: Kate Brown, Governor. Brown was a must-win. If the state legislature was going to take up long-standing thorns in the side of housing advocates—the state ban on rent control and protections on no-cause evictions—a Democrat needed to be governor. Without Brown at Mahonia Hall, nothing would get done. If Republican challenger Knute Buehler had won, he would have been a golden child of the national GOP and under enormous pressure to be a veto machine (just as John Kitzhaber was when the GOP controlled the legislature). With supermajorities in both houses, the ordinarily timid and undisciplined Dems should have enough firepower to push through meaningful housing reforms in the legislature (after three years of hard pushing by activists). But ONLY if advocates and voters continue to put maximum pressure on their representatives. There is no finish line.

VICTORY: Jo Ann Hardesty, Portland City Council. If Portland is going to experiment with rent stabilization, the state legislature will have to pass enabling legislation. Then, the city council needs at least three votes to pass a local measure. A reliable second vote came in when voters made Hardesty the first African American city councilor in Portland history. Hardesty has spoken favorably of the idea of rent stabilization, unlike her opponent, who had taken a significant amount of money from developers. Hardesty is the ally of housing firebrand Chloe Eudaly. Together they could realistically charm or twist arms (whatever works) enough to get a third vote for rent stabilization and other housing reforms.

VICTORY: Measure 102, Constitutional Amendment for Affordable Housing. In a triumph of messaging by advocates, voters approved a nuanced amendment to the Oregon Constitution. The passage of M102 enables local governments to build more subsidized housing by combining public dollars and private investments. More units can be created and preserved with fewer tax dollars. Changes to the Oregon Constitution are notoriously difficult to pass because they require the support of such diverse urban and rural communities. This measure was difficult because the changes were so small and technical, but activists pulled it off in a triumph of campaigning, and sadly, an objective lesson in how broadly felt the housing crisis is.

VICTORY: Measure 26-199, Metro Housing Bond. Voters in the tri-county area approved a regional $652.8 million affordable housing bond. Because M102 passed, the impact of this bond could double. The money can now be leveraged to create anywhere from 2,400 to 4,000 units of housing. That's a wide range, but as we all know, housing prices are going up, and that makes it more expensive to build affordable housing too.

Advocates and residents should be proud of all these accomplishments. It shows that if people push hard enough the levers of power move over time. It’s what we always talk about in discussions after a screening of Priced Out.

For the last several years, Portland has been a national example of what not to do in a housing crisis. Its history of housing discrimination has been a black eye on Portland’s progressive self-image. But this election should help inspire other communities fighting gentrification. And help the region reclaim its place as an innovator and grassroots fighter for good causes.

Keep it up!

~ Cornelius Swart
Producer, Priced Out

A Black Realtor's View of Gentrification (Pt.2) [EP 22] Priced Out Podcast

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Fred Stewart has been called “King of Northeast Portland Real Estate.” He even says he may have started the gentrification of the neighborhood. The catch is, he’s black. He’s a social media bomb thrower, a realtor and an activist who has twice run for city council.

We get into the weeds of neighborhood history once again with Fred in part two of this two-part interview. He grew up in Northeast Portland and has been a realtor in the neighborhood since the drug war days of the 1980s. In this interview, Fred talks about why he got into real estate during the neighborhood's darkest era. He tells us what it took to sell a house in the "ghetto," how he got around redlining and why he bought a strip club from a white man who called him "Fred Shit."

Fred has a deep knowledge of Northeast Portland and is featured in Priced Out the movie. This POD is part of the "Cut Out" where we explore more from the people and POVs that were left out of the documentary Priced Out. 

Despite Stewart’s controversial past, we think he has an important viewpoint to include in the mix of voices we listen to on this issue. As always the opinions of our guests are their own.

Vote, Stupid! Midterm Elections & Portland Housing [EP:21]


This edition of the Priced Out Podcast Cornelius preaches on Abortion, the NRA and voting whether you like the results or not.  The podcast endorses candidates and some vitally important ballot measures before the voters next month.  Special guest Kari Lyons from the Welcome Home Coalition talks about the housing bond Measure 26-199 and a Measure 102 that would allow tax dollars spend on affordable housing to be massively amplified.

Remember to get your ballots in!

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Illegal Airbnbs and the Portland Housing Crisis [Priced Out Podcast EP 20]

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Illegal Airbnbs could pull up to 1,500 housing units from Portland each year despite a new city clampdown, according to data from the website InsideAirbnb. Cornelius and his friend Thacher Schmid just published an investigative report in Portland Mercury about illegal Airbnbs and their impact on the Portland housing crisis.

In this special edition podcast, Cornelius and Thacher talk about their story, about the data they used, and why Portlanders still love Airbnb even though most seem to know hosts can make the housing crisis worse.

Full disclosure: Cornelius Swart is in the process of permitting a room in his house as an Airbnb. He ran it as a test over the summer then shut it down. He will live in the house full time and will only rent the room out less than three months a year or so.

Priced Out Podcast Repost [EP 1- Welcome to the Pod]

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Welcome to the first episode of Priced Out: The Podcast about Gentrification. Hosted by Andru Morgan and documentary filmmaker Cornelius Swart the director of Priced Out: Gentrification in Portland, Oregon. In today's podcast, we will discuss gentrification in Portland Oregon as well as the film and what to expect next from Priced Out.

Priced Out Podcast Relaunches on iTunes, Spotify, More

The Priced Out Podcast has officially relaunched and is now available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and four other major podcast platforms.

For almost a year, producers Andru Morgan and Cornelius Swart have been working away on the Priced Out Podcast: Tales of Gentrification. The audio program is about gentrification, urban growth, race, and class in urban America. It's been posting on our YouTube channel since January, racking up 38,000 minutes of watch time.

We’re now moving the home for the regularly scheduled podcast show over to Anchor, and we want you to follow! You will still be able to find some in-studio recorded interviews on our YouTube channel from time to time.

The show is an excellent way to get into the weeds on local issues like zoning. You can hear about what’s happening in rapidly gentrifying cities like Nashville. Or in cities where gentrification feels like it’s not happening at all, like St. Louis.

We also do follow-up interviews with some of the most compelling people featured in the documentary Priced Out. Those include a Where Is She Now interview with Nikki Williams and a two-part interview with African American Realtor (and controversial activist) Fred Stewart.

Our Anchor homepage will also feature a way to contribute to the podcast. If you like the show, you can help to ensure that we keep going.  

Producer Andru Morgan is a pro, and he and Cornelius would love to grow the program along the lines of the higher-production-value shows we’ve done, like our Battle for Rent Control in Long Beach, California episode. We’d also like to do more in-depth storytelling. We have a follow-up story, also from Long Beach, about a woman who literally had to fight for her life to free herself from an abusive husband, only to be confronted with a race-based eviction. It’s a compelling story. We plan to bring you more of them in the future.

So please check out the new show and follow up where you go to get your pods to cast.

~ Team Priced Out

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