City Repair Mission:
We foster thriving, inclusive and sustainable communities through the creative reclamation of public space.
City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live.
We facilitate artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists.
Our vision is to:
• Inspire people both to understand themselves as part of a larger community and to fulfill their own creative potential.
• Activate people to be part of the communities around them, as well as part of the decision-making that shapes the future of their communities.
New CR Director of Board Members
Marc Tobin, Executive Director: Core member, facilitation training, leading communication processes and helping to establish a Dynamic Governance organizational structure, with a background in urban planning and ecovillage design. He provides professional services through Rising Vision at rising-vision.net. Music is also a main passion for Marc and this year he is VBC’s sound tech, and will be performing with his band Sol Nectar and also with Theo and Amma. Marc provides live sound systems for events, and is available as a session guitarist and bassist. You can listen to his band Sol Nectar’s music at https://soundcloud.com/solnectar
Ted Swagerty is City Repair’s new Board President. Born and raised in Roseburg, Oregon, he feels blessed to be exposed to abundant natural beauty and the community challenges of dependence on one dominant industry. After graduating University of Oregon with a degree in History and Political Science, Ted worked part time for Umpqua Watersheds, a wilderness conservation group in Roseburg, made lifelong friendships and learned about permaculture. Later that year, he began teaching English in Taiwan to be exposed to eastern cultures. He lived in Taiwan for three years, where he read about City Repair for the first time in Bill Mckibben’s book Deep Economy. In January 2013, Ted and his best friend, Sasha, began a life-changing 13 month journey reporting on permaculture and sustainability efforts in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. To his surprise, he found that Portland is a world leader in localization, urban agriculture, renewable energy and community development. He was inspired to move back to Portland to continue to build on to this city’s sustainable culture.
Kirk Rea, Vice President, has been an environmental and social justice activist since his childhood having learnt to pick up litter and compost from his mother’s and hold picket lines with his father’s union. His personal struggle against the oppression of being a Queer Person of Color and ongoing allyship with other marginalized peoples continue to deepen his motivations and experiences in ecosocial activism, Kirk’s ultimately goal is world peace and he works towards this by using his visual art, community building, and gardening background to engage in activism and advocacy. Moving into his fourth year of volunteering with City Repair, Kirk also works as a garden educator with the Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI). He also actively participates in a Queer and Trans art and music festival called Not Enough! and a Latino art collective called Latino Art Now!
Priti Shah got on board as Secretary. With a diverse background in permaculture, youth farm-based education and reclaiming traditional place-based livelihoods, Priti has worked in Hawai’i, India, and the Pacific Northwest. While serving City Repair, Priti is finishing up a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management through Oregon State University and teaching garden education at a shelter for families overcoming domestic abuse. Priti is excited to help manage and build capacity within City Repair and aid the vision of peaceful, progressive urban development.
Olga Lukomsky has joined the board as Treasurer and hopes to contribute her organizational, creative, and professional skills. She works in local government and is thrilled to collaborate with fellow City Repair volunteers to move forward, upward and onward!
Brent Bellamy, Board of Directors: Brent Bellamy is an Oregon native. He facilitates a communal living space in NE Portland with his wife and has been involved in numerous community-building projects both in Oregon and abroad. Brent feels strongly about utilizing his passions and interests to promote social equity and global awareness.
More CR Info
City Repair was formed in Portland, Oregon in 1996 by citizen activists who wanted a more community-oriented and ecologically sustainable society. Born out of a successful grassroots neighborhood initiative that converted a residential street intersection into a neighborhood public square, City Repair began its work with the idea that localization (of culture, of economy, of decision-making) is a necessary foundation of sustainability. By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture.
We are an almost entirely volunteer-run social-profit (non-profit) organization. Our projects include: temporary and permanent placemaking installations, community events, educational presentations, consultation and technical assistance, community placemaking facilitation, and the development of our own egalitarian community of activists and volunteers.
Our Fields of Work
Placemaking (note: dates on this link refer to 2006) and architecture, Urban planning and design, Ecological and Social Sustainability, Community resource localization, Nonhierarchical decision-making: Resources include: Seeds for Change, Making Decisions Co-operatively, Starhawk’s Activism Page, Equality, diversity and peace, Cultural identity and Bioregionalism.
Please help support our work with a monetary or in-kind donation! (All donations are tax-exempt under our federal 501(c)3 status.)