Faces of Meth

Each of these innocuous looking homes has been declared unfit for habitation.  They are on State of Oregon’s list of known, former drug labs. None of them appears to have a single sinister board in their frame, which is all the more frightening.  Maybe these are the before photos.

Oregon publishes a register of these houses on the internet.  It even encourages citizens to receive email update to the list is added to. The promotion is kind of odd.  It’s kind of like the opposite of a National Register listing.  It is a register of shame.

Landmarking a building can be a catalyst for development and community action.  Maybe the list of drug labs could be used the same way.  With the right marketing and incentives could a negative listing become a positive for communities?

Posted at 10:41pm and tagged with: planning, portland, oregon, tract homes, community development, meth labs, meth, drugs, housing, photos, National Register, neighborhoods, land use,.

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    The domestic banality of these properties is in stark contrast to the reason for being in the public realm as former...
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