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Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project Update

The Portland Water Bureau and contractor Hoffman Construction Company have officially begun an eight-year 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. You may have seen on the news, read articles, or observed while driving by that crews are currently in the process of mitigating and removing trees and vegetation in and around the reservoir project site in Washington Park. The Portland Water Bureau wants to […]

Flanders Greenway

Flanders Crossing Moving Forward In case you missed it, last Friday the Oregon Transportation Commission awarded $2.9 million to the Flanders Crossing project, after the many letters and outpouring of support from the neighborhood associations, local businesses, and residents made it clear that this project was highly valued by the community. Thank you all so much for taking the time to provide testimony in support of the two Flanders Greenway projects (I-405 bridge and Naito crosswalk) that were vying for ConnectOregon funding. Your letters extolling the benefits of providing safe, healthy, and active connections for employees, customers, and residents was instrumental in […]

Friends of the Pearl Foot Patrol: 1 Year Later

Reported by Stan Penkin “Thank you so much,” said a toothless homeless woman sitting on a North Park Block bench as the Friends of the Pearl Foot Patrol walked through the area picking up litter along the way. Initiated a little more than a year ago, the Foot Patrol was established through collaboration between the PDNA Livability Committee and the Crime Prevention Program at the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. The group now has some 30 members with as many as eight to ten community minded volunteers showing up in their colorful vests or tee shirts for three weekly patrols at […]

Portland for Everyone

Portland faces a housing shortage. And many Portlanders don’t like McMansions going up on their streets, especially when they replace otherwise good structures. Portlanders also wonder sometimes why more neighborhoods in the city aren’t being built to resemble the now-expensive ones within a few miles of downtown that are in such high demand. The reason is that it’s currently illegal to build neighborhoods like those. In 1959, Portland banned most new small multifamily dwellings like duplexes, four-plexes and internal home divisions — the same small, efficient homes that continue to make corner stores and frequent buses viable in Portland’s most […]

Mass Shelter & Housing Project

Mass Shelter & Housing Project: Zoning Code Update For more information on the zoning code updates attend the Open House or Land Use Presentation Wednesday, August 31, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th Ave. Monday, August 22, 7:00 pm at the Citywide Land Use meeting at 1900 SW 4th, 2500B To read more go to the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability website. The proposed draft will be available there on Monday. In 2015, 4,311 people in Portland were placed in emergency shelters with another 1,887 people unable to find housing, even in emergency shelters. Of these […]

Ankeny Park Revitalized

Activation Plans for North Park Blocks by Stan Penkin Following the disruptive summer of 2015 in the North Park Blocks, the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau (PPR)  in collaboration with community leaders from PDNA, Friendly Streets and North Park Blocks have been diligently working towards making significant improvements. Over the last number of months, physical repairs have been made, lighting was improved, plans for a new playground are moving forward and a number of events have helped to activate the park, including First Thursday, ongoing bocce tournaments, fitness activities, movies in the park and other events. A major initiative to […]

Metro Central Enhancement Grants

Do you have ideas about how to enhance your community? A Metro Central Enhancement grant could help make your vision a reality. Metro created these grants more than 20 years ago to enhance neighborhoods affected by the Metro Central transfer facility. They are designed to support residents within an area that stretches along the west side of the Willamette River from the Northwest District Neighborhood Association to Linnton, as well as an area around the St. Johns Bridge within North Portland’s Cathedral Park neighborhood. Timeline Applications are due 5:00 Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Proposals must be submitted via Zoom Grants. […]

Central City 2035 Plan Update

The Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hear public testimony on the Central City 2035 Proposed Draft July 26 & August 9 What is the Central City 2035 Plan? Central City 2035 will update the plan and policies for downtown and central areas of the City of Portland. It will address challenges and opportunities in the Central City to ensure this unique economic, transportation, cultural and educational hub will be a vibrant resource for all Portlanders over the next 20 years. Review the Proposed Draft The document has been updated from the Discussion Draft. Thank you to everyone who provided […]