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Crime Prevention

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 […]

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 […]