The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability recognizes that the Rosewood area has distressed Census tracts, defined as areas with higher than citywide poverty (16%) and/or lower than citywide median household income. The area contains many large multi-family dwellings (with 90% of the neighborhood population living therein), creating a density of 18 people per acre, as compared to the Portland average, which is just over 7 people per acre. Portland Census tracts show a minority population of 47%, twice that of the Portland citywide average. There are no public spaces or parks within the Rosewood boundaries. In the summer of 2011, residents of Rosewood showed up to help demolish the interiors of a former dry cleaning store in the strip mall located at the heart of the neighborhood known as Village Square. They had enough funding to acquire the shell and gut it. It stands as the only public space in this neighborhood and has no heat, no furnishings, inadequate light, unfinished interiors and exteriors. Identified by B.D. Wortham-Galvin and Urban Dialogues in Fall 2011 as a community that could benefit from architectural design by engaging in a series of design opportunity workshops, this project seeks to continue what the people of Rosewood began: to create a safe place for public gathering in a Portland, Oregon neighborhood where traditional policing methods have not been effective against drugs, theft, gang violence, and human trafficking.