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Footbridge Over Burnside Crowdfund

The Footbridge Over Burnside Join the Crowdfund and Help Close the Gap You’re traveling on Portland’s iconic Wildwood Trail when you suddenly have to pull up short:  What’s this? A three-lane, high-speed urban arterial smack in the middle of your peaceful forest? Or, you’re cruising in your car down Burnside toward the city at 40 mph when the car in front of you screeches to a dead stop. You slam on your breaks and narrowly avoid a collision. As you look up, you see a group of hikers darting across the street. For too long Wildwood Trail users have been […]

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 […]

Foot Patrol Workshop: Creating Good Energy

Friends of the Pearl Foot Patrol Workshop: Creating Good Energy by Stan Penkin Pearl District Foot Patrollers turned out on a recent Saturday morning for the first of several planned workshops to better prepare them for situations that might be encountered on the street. Brad Taylor, a Mental Health Specialist from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, engaged the group on ways to recognize, respond and report persons experiencing mental health illness and related issues. Mr. Taylor stressed the importance of building positive energy should an encounter occur, rather than escalating negativity. He portrayed a number of potential situations and demonstrated how they can be dealt with in a non-confrontational […]

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  

Recover NW23 Meeting

Recover NW23 COMMUNITY MEETING Monday, JUNE 5 6:00 – 8:00 pm Holiday Inn Express, NW 23rd & Vaughn Refreshments provided The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Nob Hill Business Association are co-hosting a community meeting with two key topics: 6 – 6:45 pm · Explosion: What happened on Oct. 19? A representative of the Oregon Public Utility Commission will provide an overview of their investigation into the explosion and fire on NW 23rd and Glisan. The original PUC report is fairly long and includes some government/utility language that can be hard to understand. Representatives from the Oregon PUC, the […]

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 […]