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Archive for Month: November 2016

Noise Review Impact Hammer

by Stan Penkin Noise Review Board Considers Action As the impact hammer pile driver reverberates throughout the North Pearl at Hoyt Street’s Block 20 project, the Noise Review Board (NRB) met on November 9th to discuss a proposal that would reduce the harmful effects of this antiquated method. With some 25 to 30 Pearl residents present to offer testimony and support, the board discussed its proposal to delete the exemption of impact hammer pile driving from the current construction noise ordinance and to provide that the use of this method come before the NRB for variance approval. This revision to […]

Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel

Get Ready for the 2017 State Legislative Session! Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel and Community Forum with Commissioner Amanda Fritz Thursday, December 1, 2016 6:00 – 8:45 pm Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St. Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel:  6:00 – 7:35 PM This “Advocacy 101” event will provide community members with tips on how to be an effective advocate for your community or neighborhood during this upcoming 2017 state legislative session. A panel of elected officials and professional advocates will share their advice and answer questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state level. Moderator: […]

Bagelworks Benefit Event

Sunday, November 20 2:00 – 8:00 pm Red Lion Inn, Jantzen Beach  

Chapman Mural Unveiling

Public unveiling of the newly restored 1938 wood marquetry mural at Chapman Elementary School “Send Us Forth to be Builders of a Better World” by Aimee Gorham Unveiling Event Thursday, December 1 6:00 – 8:00 pm Chapman Elementary School The entrance foyer of Chapman Elementary has been graced with the work of Aimee Spencer Gorham since 1938 when the large format wood marquetry mural titled Send Us Forth to be Builders of a Better World was installed there, but almost 80 years of accumulated soiling, wear, and vandalism had obscured the exquisite and glowing figural effects of the wood grains […]

Noise Review Considers Pile Driving

Pile Driving Update: Noise Review Board Considers Action by Stan Penkin As the impact hammer pile driver reverberates throughout the North Pearl at Hoyt Street’s Block 20 project, the Noise Review Board (NRB) met on November 9th to discuss a proposal that would reduce the harmful effects of this antiquated method. With some 25 to 30 Pearl residents present to offer testimony and support, the board discussed its proposal to delete the exemption of impact hammer pile driving from the current construction noise ordinance and to provide that the use of this method come before the NRB for variance approval. This […]

Planning & Sustainability Project Updates

Updates on Current Projects at the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability Recommended City-wide Zoning Map and other Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation projects: The City of Portland is updating its Comprehensive Plan, a long-range 20-year plan that sets the framework for the physical development of the city. In August the Planning and Sustainability Commission made recommendations to City Council on the Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Projects, including the Composite Zoning Map. The Recommended Draft of the Zoning Map and Zoning Code are available on the BPS website, along with reports for the Early Implementation Projects that brought these changes forward: Mixed […]

Neighbor Helping Neighbor

The Real America: Neighbor Helping Neighbor By Stan Penkin In the wake of the destructive rioting that hit the Pearl District during the night of November 10th, many neighbors came out the next morning to show support for the community by helping with the cleanup. Rioters broke store front windows, mostly along Lovejoy and Everett Streets, and spread hateful graffiti on many buildings. The riot was an unfortunate outgrowth of a peaceful protest at Pioneer Square against the policies of President-elect Donald Trump. The Pearl District Neighborhood Association (PDNA) put out a call for volunteers early in the morning. Volunteers gathered […]

Support Neighborhood Business

Support Neighborhood Businesses and Their Employees Today Portlanders it’s time to show your love for local. Over the last month neighborhood businesses city wide have been hit hard by everything from explosions to theft and vandalism. To make it easy to show your support neighborhood business districts have created fun events and opportunities to get involved: Foster (theft/vandalism) Carts on Foster Fund Nob Hill (explosion) Portland Bagelworks Fund Artwork Rebels Fund Ritual Adornments Fund North/Northeast (vandalism) Resistance Rebuild Fund Pearl District (vandalism) Resistance Rebuild Fund With the holiday season upon us and Small Business Saturday just 2 weeks away let’s make […]