South Tabor

By Ute Munger

The July meeting had PP&R Project Manager Susan Meamber and her colleague Maija Spencer re-introduce the long proposed and hoped for pedestrian/bike path connecting SE Division St. at 64th Ave. to Mt. Tabor, aided by possibly Rapidflash Beacons to cross the ever busier Division St.

Not sure how this may be incorporated with the current bus stops of Tri Met line #4. Yet, this is only a very small part of an overdue revamping of the Mt. Tabor Yard which partially operates out of over century year old buildings. It is to be done in two phases beginning this year and ending in 2018. The maintenance shop and warehouse spaces will be replaced and operation will temporarily continue out of modular units. It is not clear yet what the fate of the historic buildings will be.

Another ‘woohoo’ goes for the prospective repair and then openings of the uppermost Mt. Tabor restrooms. For detailed or more current info you may want to explore parksreplacemenbond.org or contact maija.spencer@portlandoregon.gov.

The Powell/Division Rapid Transit project, Gresham to Downtown, has entered the design phase, which is expected to last two years with service to start in 2020. Currently the #4-Division and #9-Powell bus lines are among Portland’s busiest with over 18,000 people traveling these routes every day.

This project seeks to provide faster and more reliable service with larger buses that can hopefully move quickly through traffic. Bus stops may look like light rail stations and be designed to make boarding faster. It has yet to be decided which north-south route is to be taken, whether it’ll be 50th, 52nd or 82nd.

To see the draft of the Portland Action Plan, including the Land Use Vision for the area around the Powell/Division corridor, and give input, go to oregonmetro.gov/powelldivision.

If you live in the South Tabor Neighborhood you are invited to join a “Neighborhood-wide Yard Sale”, Sat – Sun., August 22 – 23. You have 3 weeks to clean out your garage, basement or attic and join the fun. For $10. per participating yard you get advertisement on the STNA listserve, Facebook and be included on a map available at each yard sale location on the day of and in the kiosks before. For kiosk locations and other inquiries email info@southtabor.org. To participate in the yard sale send check or money order no later than Aug. 17 to: STNA-Yard Sale at P.O.Box 86836 Portland, OR. 97286-0836.

Enjoy the annual National Night Out, NNO. Its official date every year is the first Tuesday in August, this year, Aug. 4, but it can be celebrated any day that whole week through Sunday Aug. 9.  You need to be registered with the City portlandoregon.gov/oni/nno.

It’s a marvelous way to get to know your neighbors, bring the kids, a potluck and taste other’s good vittles, maybe even home brews…

There will again be a Harvest Festival as in the past five years, scheduled for September 13, on the green grounds of Trinity Fellowship. Put that on your calendar as well or contact president@southtabor.org for more info.

These are changing times, and I don’t mean just global warming. Much news concerning our neighborhoods are being presented and discussed at monthly meetings so check in every 3rd Thursday from 7 – 8:30 pm at Trinity Fellowship, 2700 SE 67th, entrance from parking lot. Hope to see you!