The Rise and Fall of NAYA Park: The Politics of Vacant Lots and Urban Nature in Portland, Oregon

    This research investigates the role of a contested plot of green space located on private land within a formerly blighted neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Employing a combination of semi-structured interviews, participant observation, and archival research, this work investigates the physical and symbolic constructions of the park, arguing that they have changed in line with larger neighborhood processes.