By Brian Hochhalter 

The Richmond Neighborhood Association (richmondpdx.org) convened Monday, November 11 at Waverly Heights Church. Allen Field discussed an updated Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) between the RNA and Salt & Straw. The RNA Board unanimously approved endorsement of this GNA and acknowledged Salt & Straw’s cooperative spirit in working to mitigate neighbors’ concerns. 

Our discussion regarding community outreach and engagement continued. Public polling, posting announcements on the bulletin board at the Hosford School grounds, resuming the RNA newsletter and cultivating a more parent/child friendly environment were discussed. It was suggested that a children’s crafts activity table and area be set aside for those neighbors that want to bring their children. 

Sydney Mead, our Division Clinton Business Association (DCBA) representative discussed the DCBA’s willingness to partner with neighbors in monthly litter clean-up activities. 

PDX Main Street Design Initiative Representative & RNA Land Use Co-chair, Heather Flint Chatto, provided an update on the City’s Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) and discussed key issues and advocacy guide that can be found at pdxmainsreets.org/doza. She also reported PDX Main Streets Initiative activities such as an exhibit at Floyd’s Old Town Coffee as well as presentations at a Live Queer Comedy show and the King Neighborhood Association. 

Join our next meeting Monday, December 9, at 7 pm and offer your ideas and any community projects you want to organize. Meetings are held at Waverly Heights Church, SE 33rd/SE Woodward St. in the basement; enter from the east-side door. All are welcome.