Will ‘opportunity zones’ help or hurt low-income neighborhoods?


Brad Ketch’s office is a community center that almost became a strip club instead.

That narrowly averted future shows the kind of investment Rockwood has drawn in recent years.

Desperately needed rental housing and community services? Not so much.

But now, much of Rockwood — a neighborhood on the fringe of both Portland and Gresham whose commercial core is littered with vacant lots, fast-food restaurants and check-cashing businesses — is included in a collection of low-income neighborhoods where the federal government is offering big tax breaks for investors.

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