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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 […]

PedPDX

Are you passionate about making Portland a great walking city? Apply for our Community Advisory Committee! The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is excited to announce PedPDX, Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan. The plan will prioritize sidewalks, crossing improvements, and other investments to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city. It will identify the key strategies and tools we will use to make Portland a truly great walking city. To help guide development of the plan, PBOT is now recruiting Portlanders to apply to serve on the PedPDX Community Advisory Committee (CAC). PedPDX CAC members will serve as public […]

Off-road Cycling Master Pan

The Off-road Cycling Plan needs your input to help decide where to recommended future off-road cycling trails and bicycle parks. We want to hear from as many Portlanders as possible! ¿Son los parques para jugar con bicicletas para las familias? ¿Son los caminos naturales para caminar y andar en bicicleta? ¿En cuáles partes de su vecinario deben estar construidos? ¡La Cuidad de Portland lo quiere saber! COMMUNITY EVENTS Bring the family and join the fun! Borrow a bike or bring your own and try out the skills course. Share your ideas on opportunities in your neighborhood and ask questions about the plan. Enjoy free food […]

Prescription Drug Turn-in and Shred Event

Prescription Drug Turn In and Shred Event-April 29th Organized by the City’s Crime Prevention Program, Portland Police Bureau and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Drive up and drop off your unwanted/expired prescription drugs and sensitive documents. Drugs will be safely incinerated and documents will be securely shredded on site. By participating, you reduce the risk of identity theft and misuse of prescription drugs. Saturday, April 29th 10 am – 2 pm 4735-4747 E. Burnside Street EVENT ENDS AT 2PM OR WHEN THE TRUCKS ARE FILLED TO CAPACITY More Info: For location and what’s accepted at this event, please visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/68659

Rethink Streets NW 13th

NW 13th Ave Action Plan Every year, students at Portland State University’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program work with a community partner in Portland or beyond to produce a plan as a capstone project. Rethink Streets, one such student group this year, will be producing a plan centered on the Pearl District’s NW 13th Avenue for the Pearl District Neighborhood Association. Rethink Streets will work to understand how NW 13th presently works as a street with a sense of place, and how it can function as something more in the future. This work will involve better understanding what […]

EPA Willamette River Final Clean-up Plan

Update from the below meeting Follow-Up from EPA Community Information Sessions for the Portland Harbor ROD:  EPA issued its Record of Decision (ROD) for cleanup of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site in January 2017 and presented four community information sessions in March 2017. If you were not able to make any of the information sessions in person, the slides and recording are online: Slides from EPA’s Presentation on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Record of Decision:  https://semspub.epa.gov/work/10/100042471.pdf Video of EPA’s Presentation on the Portland on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Record of Decision:  https://youtu.be/aXsAf-9Wpyc All are invited: EPA Record of […]

Apartments & Bikes?

Tell us about your apartment’s bicycle parking Where do you currently store your bike? Where do you WANT to store your bike? As the City of Portland continues its work to reach 25% bicycle mode split, have you ever wondered where all the bikes will park? We’ve seen the public, blue staple racks along the right-of-way, but what about the office worker – where do they park their bike for the 8+ hours during the work day; or what about people who live in apartment buildings – where do they store their bikes every evening? The Portland Bureau of Transportation […]