In the face of rising temperatures and heavier rain, citizens wielding pry bars and thermometers turn parking lots into rain gardens and change city building standards to favor green space over asphalt. The lower income east side of Portland is the hottest part of town. Citizen action is making it cooler.
Part 1. We follow DePave Portland on one of their projects as they pry up asphalt and install a rain garden on 122nd Street. Part 2. Citizens using an urban heat mapping tool developed at Portland State University gather data which led cooler building standards in East Portland.