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Grappling with Graffiti: What’s Next

Grappling with Graffiti: What’s Next? by Stan Penkin Graffiti has become an ever more prevalent part of our Portland street scene in recent years, but what’s the future look like? Portland’s Graffiti Abatement Program (GAP), under the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), had been enormously successful in combating graffiti across the city. With diminished city resources over the last few years, the Program was unable to adequately address graffiti remediation and education. As a result, there has been an increase in graffiti, including an alarming uptick in hate graffiti since the November election. Adding to the problem has been […]

Affordable Housing Bond Community Survey

Take the survey before September 23 to have your opinions heard. In November 2016, Portland voters approved a historic funding source, the Affordable Housing Bond, to increase affordable housing in our communities. This new funding source will provide $258.4 million for affordable housing and produce a total of 1,300 housing units.

Housing Bureau 2017 Racial Equity Forum

The Portland Housing Bureau 2017 Racial Equity Forum  With a keynote address by Derek Hyra, Author of “Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City” Tuesday, September 12, 2017 8:30 – 11:30 am New Song Community Center, 220 NE Russell St., Portland, OR 97212 Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am. Program begins at 9 am. Click here to RSVP The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) invites you to our Annual Racial Equity Forum to learn about our efforts to eliminate racial disparities in housing programs and projects. This year’s program will include a review of PHB policies and the impact they have had on […]

2017 Summer Movies & Concerts

NW Summer Movies & Concerts Join us for some summer fun in the parks around NW Portland! Wallace Park Thurs., July 13, 6:00 pm Tezeta Band (jazz, soul) Lovejoy Fountain Park Sat., July 22, 6:30 pm Movie: The Eagle Huntress Fri., Aug. 11, 6:30 pm Ken DeRouchie Band (Muddy nominated blues) Fri., Aug. 18, 6:30 pm Chata Addy & Susuma (Afro-Reggae, funky highlife dance music) Kearney & 23rd Ave. Tues., Aug. 1, 5:00 pm NNO Party with music and activities for kids Couch Park Tues., Aug. 1, 6:00 pm White Rhino Marimba North Park Blocks Thurs., Aug. 3, 6:30 pm Tracy Kim Band […]

Footbridge over Burnside

Public Informational Meeting The Portland Parks Foundation invites you to come and learn more about plans for the new footbridge over Burnside! They will report on the community’s fundraising campaign and construction plans for an elegantly designed pedestrian bridge to create a safe passage along the Wildwood Trail between Washington Park and Forest Park. Thursday, June 15th 6:30 – 8:00 pm World Forestry Center, Cheatham Hall, 4033 SW Cayon Road  

Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project Update

The Portland Water Bureau and contractor Hoffman Construction Company have begun a capital improvement project to update the Washington Park reservoir site at 2403 SW Jefferson Street. The project complies with federal and state mandates, seismically strengthens key water infrastructure on Portland’s west side, and helps ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system. The project includes building a new 12.4 million gallon, seismically reinforced, below ground reservoir with a reflecting pool/water feature on top. The new reservoir will preserve the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs and be engineered to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment and potentially catastrophic effects of […]

Ever Increasing Graffiti

by Stan Penkin Does it seem that graffiti around town is worse than ever? Well, you’re right. According to a recent report to City Council by Juliette Muracchioli from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s (ONI) Graffiti Abatement Program, high priority graffiti reports involving hate or gang tags have increased considerably from 2011 through 2016. With the looming threat of the Program being totally disbanded, ONI is asking City Council to not only maintain current budget levels, but to expand it so that Portland can better combat this ever growing menace. While Portland’s program has a budget of about $340,000, the […]

Block 20 Pile Driving Ends: What’s next?

by Stan Penkin After four months of impact hammer pile driving at Block 20, neighbors are relieved that this activity is finally over. Thanks to the foundation contractor, DeWitt Construction, the noise impacts were diminished by utilizing a sound barrier shroud around the equipment and erecting an acoustical wall at the nearby elementary school. Decibel readings taken during the course of the work registered from 82 to 86. Readings taken during the Block 17 project that had last used the impact hammer registered as high as 110, a level known to be harmful to hearing. The city’s noise ordinance allows […]