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Noise Review Considers Pile Driving

Pile Driving Update: Noise Review Board Considers Action by Stan Penkin As the impact hammer pile driver reverberates throughout the North Pearl at Hoyt Street’s Block 20 project, the Noise Review Board (NRB) met on November 9th to discuss a proposal that would reduce the harmful effects of this antiquated method. With some 25 to 30 Pearl residents present to offer testimony and support, the board discussed its proposal to delete the exemption of impact hammer pile driving from the current construction noise ordinance and to provide that the use of this method come before the NRB for variance approval. This […]

Neighbor Helping Neighbor

The Real America: Neighbor Helping Neighbor By Stan Penkin In the wake of the destructive rioting that hit the Pearl District during the night of November 10th, many neighbors came out the next morning to show support for the community by helping with the cleanup. Rioters broke store front windows, mostly along Lovejoy and Everett Streets, and spread hateful graffiti on many buildings. The riot was an unfortunate outgrowth of a peaceful protest at Pioneer Square against the policies of President-elect Donald Trump. The Pearl District Neighborhood Association (PDNA) put out a call for volunteers early in the morning. Volunteers gathered […]

Support Neighborhood Business

Support Neighborhood Businesses and Their Employees Today Portlanders it’s time to show your love for local. Over the last month neighborhood businesses city wide have been hit hard by everything from explosions to theft and vandalism. To make it easy to show your support neighborhood business districts have created fun events and opportunities to get involved: Foster (theft/vandalism) Carts on Foster Fund Nob Hill (explosion) Portland Bagelworks Fund Artwork Rebels Fund Ritual Adornments Fund North/Northeast (vandalism) Resistance Rebuild Fund Pearl District (vandalism) Resistance Rebuild Fund With the holiday season upon us and Small Business Saturday just 2 weeks away let’s make […]

Central City Multimodal Responses

Thanks for your interest in the Central City Multimodal Project, PBOT’s effort to make getting around Portland’s Central City safer and easier by prioritizing and building active transportation projects. The Central City is home to the densest population of people and jobs in the state – and it is growing. This fall, PBOT wrapped up an online survey in English and Spanish to collect early input on the project. The survey asked how people get around the Central City, why they travel here and what sorts of barriers they face. 3,472 people responded. Key takeaways include: People want multimodal improvements: 3,106 of […]

Vision Zero Final Plan

After receiving feedback from District Coalition meetings and community input the Vision Zero Task Force helped to shape the Portland Vision Zero final draft Action Plan, which includes 32 actions. Vision Zero is Portland’s goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025. The final draft of the plan is available at www.VisionZeroPortland.com.  Next Wednesday, October 12, 3:00 pm time certain, the final draft Vision Zero Action Plan will be in front of City Council. If you are interested in attending Council, we would welcome the support. If anyone is interested in testifying, please arrive a little early to sign-up. Additionally, Oregon Walks […]

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 […]