Volunteer Highlight: W-NW Collective Memoir Project

Neighbors West-Northwest volunteer Jinx Faulkner is out in the community starting to interview volunteers, activists and a variety of community members to capture local stories about the history of the area. Information gathered will be compiled in the W-NW Collective Memoir. If you would like to share your story with Jinx, or volunteer your time learning more about local history, contact Angela or call 503 823-4211. Learn more at online.

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Clean-up Season Kick-Off

While it may still feel cold, spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about how to make your neighborhood squeaky clean! Why not partner with your neighbors and organize a clean-up? Last spring, Neighbors West-Northwest neighborhoods, including Forest Park, Goose Hollow, the Northwest District, Northwest Heights, Old Town Chinatown, the Pearl District, and Sylvan-Highlands removed mixed waste materials from neighborhood streets! Both the Pearl District and Northwest Heights concentrated on recycling and reusing materials collected from their residents.

Funds are available to help neighborhood associations host clean-ups through May 2015. Litter clean-ups, recycling/reuse events, and bulky waste clean-ups are eligible. To learn more about the neighborhood clean-up program requirements or to get in touch with your neighborhood association to suggest a project, click here or contact Jen, 503 823-4265.

All neighborhood clean-ups must be registered by February 27th to receive funding. Get in touch with your neighborhood association leaders to plan an event. Funding provided by Metro and the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

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Volunteers Needed to Help Maintain Medians

By Pat Wagner, Linnton Neighborhood Association

As part of the agreement for installation of the median and street trees on St. Helen’s Road, the Linnton Neighborhood Association agreed to take responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of this project. We’re looking for more volunteers to help out so we can maintain a regular schedule of weed pulling and other median maintenance. As always this committee is open to anyone that wishes to participate.

Thanks to the numerous volunteers including Gordon and Donna Huntsman who helped pull weeds for years before retiring and relocating to a sunnier climate. More recently Rob Lee and Andrew Beckman have assisted Pat. It appears anonymous volunteers have also been helping out. Please let us know who you are so we can recognize you. For more information and to volunteer, contact Pat Wagner, 503 475-3731.

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Publication Boxes

by Felicia Williams, Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association President

Portland’s neighborhood associations were originally formed to help create livable communities and, when they band together, their combined efforts can positively change the city. In 2011, the Northwest District Association (NWDA) applied for and received an Office of Neighborhood Involvement Graffiti Abatement Grant to inventory, clean, and/or remove the many abandoned newspaper boxes cluttering the sidewalks in their neighborhood. At the same time, the Pearl District NA Livability subcommittee responded to residential and business concerns about abandoned or poorly maintained boxes within their area. At a Public Safety Subcommittee meeting in 2011, the Downtown Neighborhood Association heard a report from Clean and Safe officers about abandoned publication boxes being used for drug drops, and following the NWDA’s lead, applied for a Graffiti Abatement Grant to inventory and clean up boxes in downtown, as well as contacting all of the publishers with a condition summary of their boxes.

The three neighborhood associations recognized a shared issue and in early 2012, an ad hoc committee of the NWDA, the Pearl District NA, and the Downtown NA was formed with the goal of pushing for a comprehensive change to the City Code governing publication boxes in the right-of-way. Members of the ad hoc committee met with other neighborhood associations and business associations to gather support for changing the City Code. They contacted the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and TriMet with a proposal for changing the regulations, as well as meeting with several publishers to discuss various options for cleaning up the right-of-way. The Portland Business Alliance also acted on the problem of abandoned and unkempt publication boxes in the Central Business District in 2012, installing four newspaper condo boxes around Pioneer Courthouse Square in a pilot project approved by the City Council.

These efforts finally bore fruit in 2014, when PBOT hosted a meeting of the publications, neighborhood associations, community groups, and business association representatives in order to revise City Code 17.46 in a way that would meet the needs of both neighborhoods and publications. On January 7th, 2015, the Portland City Council unanimously adopted amended code 17.46. The amended code creates guidelines as to when, where, and how publication boxes can be placed, as well as requiring publishers to affix a sticker to all of their boxes with a working phone number to report condition issues with the boxes. It defines what constitutes an abandoned box, and it creates a mechanism for PBOT to enforce the code. The code revision also creates an option for newspaper condo boxes in other parts of the city. This is a huge step forward for cleaning up the public right-of-way and it is all due to the combined efforts of dedicated community activists and neighborhood associations working to create livable communities.

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NINA Holiday Meet & Greet

Date: Tuesday, December 9th
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 am
Place: Holiday Inn Express, 2333 NW Vaughn St

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Sylvan-Highlands Zoolights event

Date: Thursday, December 4th
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Place: Oregon Zoo, classrooms near Orangutans

Come share with your Sylvan-Highlands neighbors at the annual ZooLights Cookie Ex-change & food drive to benefit the Oregon Food Bank. Most wanted foods include canned meats, canned and boxed meals, peanut butter, boxed pastas, rice, and cereals. Meet at the classrooms across from the orangutans. Also, please bring a scrumptious baked food item to share with your neighbors.

For more information, email Kristin.

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Linnton Ma Olsen’s Garden, Ivy removal

Date: Saturday, November 29th
Time: 9:00 – 12:00 noon
Contact: Rob Lee

Ma Olsen’s Garden at NW 107th & St. Helens Rd
Help continue ivy removal project on public right-of-way.  


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City Club Forum, “Cultural Revitalization: A Building Block to Prosperous Communities”

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 14

WHERE:  Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland Ore. 97205

WHAT: Prominent national Indigenous leaders will discuss during an hour-long panel session how use of traditional cultural practices are intentionally creating more prosperous communities in rural and urban areas. Through cultural revitalization, a process of affirming and promoting a community’s collective identity, Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations people are successfully recreating their traditional building blocks to greater cultural and economic prosperity. Speakers represent large urban Native communities (including the 40,000 Native people in Portland), as well as reservation-based communities in Oregon and Washington.

This Friday Forum will feature indigenous leaders from around the region speaking on this approach. The panel includes Nichole Maher, Tlingit, of the Northwest Health Foundation, Janeen Comenote, Hesquiaht, Kwakiutl First Nation, Oglala Lakota and enrolled Quinault of the National Urban Indian Family Coalition, Roberta Cordero, Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, of the Chumash Maritime Association, and Eric Quaempts, Enrolled member of the Yakama Indian Nation, Natural Resource Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. The panel will be moderated by Roy Sampsel, Wyandotte and Choctaw, the Director of the Institute for Tribal Governance at Portland State University.

Come and learn how indigenous leaders are transforming their communities with age-old ideas, and in the process creating a stronger society across the Pacific Northwest.

View the event on the NAYA website.

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Save the Good Old Houses

History of Social Justice Organizing
Save the Good Old Houses: The 1989 Struggle in NW Portland

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7pm
Where: Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Ave., Portland

Featuring five central participants in the struggle
Free and open to the public
Contact: Sandy Polishuk at polishuk@easystreet.net

From Eastmoreland, to Kenton, to Ladd’s Addition, to Northwest Portland, Portlanders are fighting to save good old houses and maintain the character of their neighborhoods–the City of Portland has called it a “demolition uproar.” Others call it a demolition epidemic.

As neighbors and neighborhood associations enter the fray, few are aware of a similar conflict in NW Portland in 1989 and the events of May 23rd when townhouse developer Philip J. Morford’s bulldozer attacked on NW Overton and twenty-three neighborhood residents were arrested when they put their bodies in the way.

The clash had been brewing for months; a hearing was scheduled for the next day with the Landmarks Commission when Morford sent in the bulldozers early in the day. They were quickly noticed, a call went out and a crowd of protestors arrived. A number sat down on one of the porches of a targeted house and were dragged away by police.

In the aftermath, the Northwest District Association (NWDA) and a neighborhood negotiation committee managed to save a grand Overton house designed by Whidden Lewis to be saved on site and for two other houses to be moved nearby. In November 2000, the Alphabet District (an area zoned for historic preservation extending roughly between NW 17th and 24th Avenues, and between W Burnside and NW Marshall Street) was approved as Historic by the Landmarks Commission and the Portland City Council. The struggle is commemorated with a plaque on the SE corner of NW 23rd Ave. and Overton.

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New City Tree Program

On January 2, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and the Bureau of Parks and Recreation (PPR) will be implementing elements of the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project (“Tree Project”) through a new Tree Program. To help inform customers of the new Tree Program and associated regulations and processes, free Tree Program training classes are being offered in November and December 2014 and in January 2015.

Training on the new program and regulations is being offered based on the needs of general contractors, land use review applicants, home owners, and arborists.  These training classes are also open to other interested parties.  Please RSVP with Lauren Wirtis or at 503-823-7538, so that we can ensure there is adequate seating and hand-out material available.

We strongly encourage construction industry professionals to attend the training that best meets the needs of your expertise and practice.  If you cannot make a training class, additional information is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/trees or by calling 503-823-TREE.

City Tree Program and Regulation Training Dates

Date & Time Location Topic Who should attend
November 7, 2014
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
Tree preservation and planting requirements for development projects Building permit applicants
November 13, 2014
6 – 7 pm
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Ave
Room C (2nd Floor)
Tree permit requirements for non-development projects Tree care professionals, Landscapers, Homeowners
November 20, 2014
12 – 1 pm
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Ave
Room C (2nd Floor)
Tree permit requirements for non-development projects Tree care professionals, Landscapers, Homeowners
December 10, 2014
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
New tree requirements for land use reviews Land use review applicants
December 17, 2014
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
Tree preservation and planting requirements for development projects Building permit applicants
January 14, 2015
12 – 1 pm
1900 SW 4th Ave
Room 2500A
New tree requirements for land use reviews Land use review applicants

To learn more about the City Tree regulations, please visit the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project Code and Commentary document.

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