Old Town Chinatown has compiled some easy action steps that you could take in addressing some of the safety concerns that have come up lately.
1) Sign up to testify at City Council meetings.
Email Karla Moore to request a time on the agenda to provide public testimony. City Council meetings are held on Wednesdays. (You may also fax to 503-823-4571 or call 503-823-4086 for more information).
Further information regarding the Communications portion of the agenda:
- You will have three minutes to address the Council and may also submit written material (please provide seven copies).
- They start the meeting at 9:30 and Communications are the first item on the agenda.
- Please note communications allow the Council to hear issues that interest the citizens, but do not allow an opportunity for dialogue.
- The Council meeting takes place at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave., 2nd Floor, Council Chambers.
2) Report your concerns to the appropriate party
With growing concern in our neighborhoods about illegal activities, many of us are not
sure what to report and where to report it. We must remember that homelessness is
not a crime, but illegal activities are! Illegal activities include such things as:
• Drug use and drug dealing
• Intoxication and public drinking of alcohol
• Littering/destruction of property/graffiti
• Dogs off leash
• Sexual activities/nudity in public
• Aggressive panhandling
If you witness or are subject to such behavior, please do not confront the
perpetrator(s), REPORT IT.
- Crimes in progress or life threatening emergency: dial 911
- Non-emergency (suspicious person/activity): Portland Police 503.823.3333
- Park rule violations/drugs/alcohol/off leash dog/litter: Parks Ranger Dispatch 503.823.1637
- Park maintenance issues: 503.823.4824
- Illegally parked vehicles: Parking Patrol 503.823.5195
- Excessive Noise: Noise Control Office 503.823.7350
- City/County Information and Referrals: 503.823.2781
Researchers from Portland State University are doing a study that explores how crime data and maps impact people’s perception of safety. You are invited to participate in this important and interesting study. Should you choose to participate, you will be presented with a crime report for a hypothetical city and then asked to answer a series of questions regarding your interpretation of those data. The fully online survey takes no longer than 15 minutes, and the results will help researchers understand the most effective ways of communicating crime data to the public.
If you are willing to take this short survey, please open this link. The survey is not formatted to work effectively with mobile phones.
Parks Replacement Bond Update: Couch Park Open House – October 8th!
Thanks to voters support last fall for the Parks Replacement Bond, Portland Parks & Recreation is now planning improvements at Couch Park including a replacement playground, ADA plaza improvements, and a new Portland Loo. In addition, Friends of Couch Playground and Harper’s Playground have committed to raising an additional $500,000 to supplement the playground budget to make it a creative, accessible playground.
All are welcome at a community open house on Thursday, October 8th from 6pm – 8pm at Congregation Beth Israel Religious School, 1972 NW Flanders St. Come meet the design team, learn about inclusive and nature-based play, and share your ideas for the new playground and plaza improvements.
More information on the Parks Replacement Bonds
Portland’s Balch Gulch Bridge Project Named to APWA 2015 Public Works Projects of the Year
By Hannah Schafer, PBOT staff
Congratulations to PBOT’s Bridges and Structures Group on winning the American Public Works Association 2015 Public Works Project of the Year Award!
The Balch Gulch Bridge at NW Thurman Street Rehabilitation Project was awarded the APWA Project of the Year in the Historical Restoration/Preservation category at a cost less than $5 million. The bridge is 110 years old and is a noteworthy historic and engineering treasure, built during the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition and World’s Trade Fair as a gateway to Portland’s developing Willamette Heights neighborhood. It is Oregon’s oldest intact bridge, and is one of only few remaining of its type in the nation.
At the reopening celebration on October 10, 2014, Commissioner Novick said, “Not only does the Thurman Street Bridge have a great historic legacy, it is a hallmark of the surrounding neighborhood. Through well-coordinated collaboration of multiple City bureaus and government agencies, we were able to preserve the historic character of the bridge while modernizing it to meet today’s needs.”
The rehabilitation project exemplifies the integration of contemporary uses and systems for an out-of-date structure without compromising function or historic preservation. The decision to preserve the historic bridge was inspired not only by the public and government agencies, but also by the Bridges and Structures Group at Portland’s Bureau of Transportation. The age of the bridge and its poor condition, its unique characteristics, and its special place in Portland history, as well as its eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places, made the rehabilitation of the Balch Gulch Bridge the only viable option. Federal-aid funds were sought and obtained, and after a local agency match, the total project budget was approximately $4 million.
Before the rehabilitation, City engineers placed restrictions intended to slow the bridge’s deterioration. Fire trucks were prohibited from using it, so Portland Fire & Rescue emergency responders had to use a longer route to enter the neighborhood.
With the rehabilitation complete, the weight restriction has been lifted and fire trucks can now cross the bridge. By regaining the use of the NW Thurman Street Bridge, the response time for Portland Fire & Rescue Emergency Operations has improved in many areas of the neighborhood by over 4 minutes!
Restoration and rehabilitation of the bridge began in April 2014 with the goals: to lift the weight restriction without replacing the historic trusses; rehabilitate the bridge’s deteriorated superstructure while maintaining and honoring the historic aesthetics of the bridge; restore the original appearance of the 1905 historic bridge handrail, but strengthen it to meet modern safety standards; design the modern steel floor beams to match the shape of the deteriorated historic riveted steel beams; replace the deteriorated wood deck and riveted steel beams, while shoring the historic trusses in place; and ensure that Macleay Park would remain open to the public during construction.
The completely restored and modernized Balch Gulch Bridge at NW Thurman Street was reopened to the public October 10, 2014 during a celebration hosted by Commissioner Steve Novick and the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
Learn more about the restoration of this beautiful bridge on the NW Thurman Street Bridge Project webpage.
In an effort to address the lack of on-street and off-street parking in Northwest Portland, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center will begin the Shared Parking Program for neighborhood residents and businesses on Monday, August 10, 2015. Legacy Good Samaritan’s new program will offer annual parking permits to neighborhood
residents; monthly parking permits to employees of local businesses; and a valet option for
businesses and institutions to offer to their customers or guests.
Legacy Good Samaritan will designate spaces within certain parking structures and surface lots to be available after hours and weekends for each respective group. Parking for residents, employees and valet will be available after hours and on weekends – Monday through Thursday between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. Friday through 7:00 a.m. Monday.
“Launching the Shared Parking Program is an important first step in addressing the lack of available on-street and off-street parking in Northwest Portland,” said Jonathan Avery, chief administrative office of Legacy Good Samaritan. “We look forward to offering the neighborhood a more comprehensive solution once the City of Portland makes the necessary changes to City Code, which will allow us to offer an hourly pay-to-park option in our parking structures.”
Legacy Good Samaritan has been working closely with the City of Portland and the Northwest Parking Stakeholder Advisory Committee to make the necessary amendments to City Code, which currently prohibits commercial parking within Legacy Good Samaritan’s parking structures.
Legacy Good Samaritan installed an automated parking system in March 2015, which includes gates; a validation process for patients and visitors; and hang-tags that permit hospital physicians and staff with automatic access. The new Shared Parking Program will provide residents and businesses with hang-tags that will permit automatic access to parking structures and surface lots after hours and on weekends when Legacy Good Samaritan’s parking structures are underutilized.
Additional details of Legacy Good Samaritan’s Shared Parking Program can be found by
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement is in the process of developing and implementing the Marijuana Regulatory License Procedures and Requirements in order to integrate the marijuana industry into the Portland business community. They want to hear from you in order to ensure these new City ordinances address the needs of all community members.
Attend an upcoming Town Hall to voice your concerns.
East Portland Town Hall
August 13, 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM
The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St., Portland, OR
North Portland Ton Hall
August 27, 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, 501 N. Graham St., Portland, OR
Outreach materials are available for people with disabilities and or those with limited English proficiency. Please follow the link to our webpage for flyers in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Laotian, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese. Sign and language interpretation is available upon request. To ensure we are able to have interpreters to accommodate language needs, contact ONI at least three days prior to each Town Hall by phone 503-823-4411, TTY 503-823-6868, the Oregon Relay Service at 800-735-2900 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Childcare will also be available in order to eliminate as many barriers as possible to ensure community engagement.
If you are unable to share your input at one of the Town Halls you can reach ONI via phone 503-823-4411, TTY 503-823-6868, the Oregon Relay Service at 800-735-2900 or email at email@example.com. 1221 SW 4th Ave. Portland, OR 97204.
by Stan Penkin
Portland City Council on July 29th adopted a revision to the noise ordinance that will prohibit pile driving on weekdays before 8:00 AM and not at all on Saturdays as currently permitted. It also provides for an improved notification process.
Initiated last year by Pearl District and other residents concerned about the incessant noise and harmful effects of construction pile driving, the City Office of Noise Control and the Noise Control Review Board at a July 9th City Council hearing presented these and other proposed revisions. The additional revisions pertaining to the appeal process and a zoning issue were tabled for further study and review.
Residents provided compelling testimony in support of the revision, but reminded City Council that this is only a small first step. Advocates for the change cited information that the noise and vibration of impact hammer pile driving is harmful to people’s health. They further added that innovative techniques such as the significantly quieter auger cast method is an acceptable alternative. Council was urged to consider the total prohibition of impact hammer pile driving except in engineer certified situations where an alternative method would not be viable for geotechnical reasons.
Advocates asked that a diverse task force be created to take on the entire scope of this issue. Commissioner Fritz agreed to have ongoing conversation with stakeholders with the expectation that there will be additional hearings in the fall.
All city residents are encouraged to write to City Commissioners to express their concerns.