Jill Riebesehl

 

HAND board members don’t want a wall, but we do concern ourselves with happenings just on the other side our borders.

Meetings held every third Tuesday, often begin with a report from Portland Police Officer Leo Yee, who runs down the latest crimes reported in our neighborhood. He said officers have been kept extra-busy dealing with shoplifting at the new Target, which lies just to the east of HAND.

To the south, those of us who frequently cross SE Powell Blvd. into the Brooklyn neighborhood, expressed relief, even gratitude, for the new crossing signals at SE 21st and 24th Avenues. On the northern border, our attention has once again been directed to a dangerous stretch of Hawthorne Blvd. where motorists pick up speed on the downhill stretch.

TNT Development, which is building an apartment building at SE 23rd Ave., is leading the charge for a designated, well-marked crosswalk at the intersection, a spot where shoppers and pedestrians cross the busy street between popular businesses. The HAND board has officially joined the cause, which neighbors have been advocating for years.

Claire Cofsky introduced us to new group in town: Eastside Village. The two-year-old nonprofit is organized around the concept of neighbors helping members age at home. The mission of the group, with eighty members so far, is to replicate in this urban area the community values and advantages people might find in small towns. A very small example of activities includes knitting circles and potlucks, yard-work and transportation help. They have monthly information meetings and can be reached by calling 503.866.0571.

Coming to our neighborhood, and others throughout Portland is a proposal for rezoning to accommodate growth called the Residential Infill Project (RIP). HAND board is asking the city’s Planning and Sustainability Commission to reopen public testimony in light of recent new reports that may provide significant information for further consideration and discussion by the public.

We heard reports from our various subcommittees bringing us up to date on the goings on with SE Uplift (no Movies in the Park at Sewallcrest Park this year); Avalon Park; and the Central Eastside Industrial District, which will be getting a parking meter system.

Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood District Association meets every month but two on the third Tuesday at 7 pm on the campus of St. Philip Neri. All members of the community are welcome.