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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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Portland Map App

By Don MacGillivray Many people in Portland are concerned about the building boom currently underway within the inner city neighborhoods. Recently Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has made it …

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SE Updates

By Midge Pierce Peacock Lane is on track to be the first of three SE Portland neighborhoods considering a National Historic District designation to actually receive it. State Historic Preservation …

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Community News July ’17

Improve the places you love Have you noticed invasive plants like Ivy and Blackberry bushes popping up along your favorite trails, and rivers? Have you seen discarded cups, cans and …

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Foes Blast Build Bill

By Midge Pierce It’s a tough time for state passage of tax plans, pension reforms and possibly emergency housing. By the time you read this, a legislative bill nicknamed “Build …

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SE Updates

At the corner of 76th & SE Stark where Beet’s Auto Repair once existed, developer Randy Rapaport is proposing a “work-force housing” project. He presented his idea to the Montavilla …

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Better Housing by Design

By Don MacGillivray Housing in Portland is in crisis. Not only the lack of affordable housing, but the affect market rate housing has on changing neighborhoods, displacing people, and in …

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Reactions to HB 2007

By Midge Pierce With astronomical rental and housing costs, no one denies the need for affordable housing. The  question is whether HB 2007 is the solution. Critics call HB 2007 …

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Bio-gas / Poop to Power

By Don MacGillivray Portland will soon be processing the City’s sewage and making a profit doing it. This is making “power from poop.” With over seven billion of us on …

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SE Updates

By Midge Pierce If the devil is in the details, as nearly 3000 legislative measures move through Salem, it’s understandable that lawmakers, many of whom have additional jobs elsewhere, find …

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The Rip in Rip City

By Midge Pierce In Rip City’s cyclical economy, the bloom may be fading from the construction boom. Now, builders are using radical new tactics to muscle back, according to citizen-watchdogs, …

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Police Dog Mick Honored

By Michelle Frost At Portland Police’s community open house and dedication ceremony on Saturday, May 20, at 4735 E. Burnside station, officers will dedicate the new bronze sculpture= of K-9 …

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Shape the Future of Portland

Citizens who want to help shape the future of SE Portland and be part of critical solutions to the quadrant’s urgent issues like road safety, transportation, housing affordability,  infill and homelessness …

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Graffiti explosion in PDX

By Juliette Muracchioli, Graffiti Abatement Program Coordinator, City of Portland Seen more graffiti in Portland lately? You’re not alone. Graffiti reports have nearly quadrupled over the past four years. One …

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