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Business Owner Fights TriMet’s Overcrossing Project

By Jonathan Maus, editor and publisher of BikePortland This article originally appeared on BikePortland.org   bikeportland.org/2018/12/20/business-owner-uses-attorney-and-electeds-to-fight-trimets-carfree-gideon-overcrossing-project-293425) Neighborhood transportation advocates in SE Portland are sounding the alarm about TriMet’s Gideon Overcrossing project. They …

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URM Year End Update

URM Year End Update by Gabriel Frayne Jr. The battle between URM building owners and the Portland City Council over seismic upgrades ended the year on a litigious note as …

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RIP Positions Intensify

By Midge Pierce Sweeping land use reform that would eliminate single family housing is all the rage in entering 2019 as Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek proffers a statewide mirror …

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RIP Year End Update

By David Krogh Speaker Tina Kotek has announced (per Willamette Week and The Oregonian) she is working on legislation that could mandate densification for single-family zoned areas. This appears to …

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PDX in Motion

By Don MacGillivray Our city’s growth is a continuing issue for the many citizens that rely on local public services and infrastructure for daily living. Housing needs the most attention …

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SE Updates

E-scooters update Hear ye, hear ye, e-scooter haters and lovers. The experiment is over. With some 676,000 trips logged covering 775,000 miles, the pilot program ended last month. While Portland …

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Historic preservation Historic preservation is an uphill battle in Portland. Opponents claim preservation obstructs growth. Proponents claim it can be compatible with growth through adaptive re-use and that it honors …

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By David Krogh Mayor’s Bureau Assignments Mayor Wheeler has been shuffling bureau assignments for City Commissioners as he becomes aware of bureau problems. Since Portland is the last large city …

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ONI Changes Clarified

Office of Community and Civic Life (formerly Office of Neighborhood Involvement) Director Suk Rhee responded to last month’s Southeast Examiner article about Process that questioned open meeting rules and the …

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Booming Belmont

By Gabriel Frayne Jr. SE Portland has a new street of dreams. The entire Belmont St. corridor from Grand Ave. to the foot of Mt. Tabor is presently in the …

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SE Updates

Innovative Pre-school Art, the outdoors and early childhood education intersect at Fiddleheads, a new program this fall that will immerse young children in nature. Known as an urban forest preschool, …

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Laurelhurst Home Tour

The Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association holds its first home tour Sunday, September 9 from 11 am to 4 pm. Six homes of varying architectural styles and features will open to the …

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RIP Changes Demographics

By Midge Pierce Shocked by ​a ​planning ​commission recommendation​​ to ​add more multi-units to internal lots ​​in the proposed Residential Infill Project (RIP)​ and include virtually all R2-R10 zones that …

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Pushback Over Parking Permit

By Midge Pierce Citing the potentially devastating effect on its commercial strip, the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association unanimously voted to oppose a PBOT proposal to implement permit parking for 623 …

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Increase in Water Bill

By Nancy Tannler At a recent Lents Neighborhood Livability Association meeting, knowledgeable officials fielded questions about why your water bill was 4.46 percent higher starting in July. Michael Jordan, Director …

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Proposed Permit Parking

By Nancy Tannler In August 2018, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will be sending mailers to residents in the Richmond and Sunnyside neighborhoods to inform them of a proposed parking …

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SE Updates

Shelter Approved Despite Objections Multnomah County is moving forward on a controversial 120-bed shelter at SE 61st and Foster. Ignoring pleas of neighbors concerned about proximity to schools and childcare, …

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What’s in a Name?

By Midge Pierce A name change for the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) to the Office of Community and Civic Life has surprised observers who wonder if the new label …

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City Council Candidates

By Don MacGillivray It is rare to have the opportunity to choose a new member of Portland’s City Council. With Dan Saltzman retiring, the Council will lose it longest-serving member …

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Community News May 2018

Run Mama Run PDX The Mother and Child Education Center invites the public to participate in the 10th Annual RunMamaRun, a 10k/5k stroller-friendly run or walk, and kids’ fun run …

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PDX Transportation Goals

By Don MacGillivray Portland has serious transportation issues growing in ways that concern everyone, especially commuters. The cost of traffic congestion averages $1,200 annually in wasted time and fuel for …

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RIP Update

By Midge Pierce As analysts sift through thousands of comments to the Recommended Draft of the City’s Residential Infill Project, a commonality emerges: housing affordability is paramount. Some respondents say …

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Preservation Gets Its Turn

By Midge Pierce Preservationists, thwarted by Portland’s perceived pro-growth demolition practices, finally have a turn at the mike. To launch its Historic Resources code process that calls for identifying, protecting …

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Seismic Retrofits for URMs

Artwork by Aaron Trotter – a wonderful local artist. Check out more of his work @ https://www.illustratedplayingcards.com/ Property owners throughout Portland are preparing for an imminent event of historic proportions that could …

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SE Updates December 2017

Diverters Two competing perspectives about a PBOT-proposed street diverter at SE Lincoln and 50th circulated through the Mt. Tabor and Richmond neighborhoods last month. Those supporting the diverter say it …

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The Future of OMSI

By Don MacGillivray OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is planning for significant growth and change over the next twenty years. With one million visitors each year the …

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New Challenges to RIP

By Midge Pierce As neighborhood associations hunkered down last month to meet the deadline for response to Residential Infill Project amendments and individuals circulated petitions to stop RIP’s elimination of …

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SE Updates

An inevitable by-product of Portland densification is the loss of local landmarks. This is a tale of Two City Sites with very different outcomes. SE 50th & Hawthorne Blvd. First, …

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The Opioid Epidemic

By Don MacGillivray Recent reports say that Oregon has one of the worst overall drug problems in the United States based on per capita consumption. According to a recent report …

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