Guerrilla Yards in Portland, Oregon II

Neither the yard as the theater of operations nor guerrilla yardwork as a method exist in a vacuum. The structure of space beyond the first-time home and yard owner’s property comes into play during the planning and operational stages of the yardvolutionary struggle.

To determine her neighborhood’s character the home and yard owner conducts online research and reconnaissance on foot, on bike, or by car. She first explores her block, then the wider neighborhood, to gradually acquire intimate knowledge of her zone. Familiarity with the neighborhood informs her about the aesthetic standards prevailing in the area, characteristics of the people living in the neighborhood, and shopping options.