We need your passion to kick-start the next exciting project in our community. It doesn’t need to be complicated. A block party could go a long way towards meeting your neighbors. We can help come up with ideas, financial support, give feedback or any other way to build community in Eliot
The Eliot Neighborhood Association has a rich history. Founded in 1969 during the Model Cities program under President Lyndon Johnson’s administration, we have been around a long time. After thinking about that I don’t want to start that far back. The bylaws, in their current form, go back to 1992. They were amended in 1993, 1996, and 1999, and they have been good enough for the past 14 years. Why update them now?
Have you ever been curious about what was happening in the neighborhood in the past? Electronic issues of Eliot News from 2006 on have been posted eliotneighborhood.org since 2007. But what about older issues? Recently, issues from 1999 – 2005 have been converted to PDF if possible, or scanned into PDF format and posted as well. Now you can find out what was happening a decade ago!
The Eliot Newspaper is a publication of the Eliot Neighborhood Association and has been published for the past 22 years. In recent times, former Board Chair Clint Lundmark has been the Editor, Advertising contact, Layout manager, and a major content creator for the paper. This is a tremendous amount of work for one person—too much for me—to do as I am quickly finding out, and I would like to thank Clint for the amount of work he has done for the paper over the past year.
The Eliot News is one of the primary ways our neighborhood association reaches out to our neighbors: ALL of them, some of whom are elderly and/or poor and do not have internet access and whose views would otherwise ignored. It is one of the few remaining ink and paper neighborhood association newsletters.
Another successful neighborhood cleanup is history, and all the paperwork is (finally) completed. In all, we removed nearly nine tons of debris from the neighborhood, and added about $500 to our coffers.
As always, many people came together to make this possible.
By Signe Todd
A neighborhood block party is an excellent way to enjoy a warm summer day, socialize with your neighbors and meet new people who live on your street. When I lived in the Irvington neighborhood, my neighbor Dana Griggs taught me the nuts and bolts for planning a successful block party in 5 easy steps.
In Portland, we have a unique way of governing our city. With a mayor and 4 city commissioners, elections and politics can be interesting, but there are some other quirks. One is our Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) and the neighborhood system. Eliot is a member of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN), which receives ONI and other funding to voice concerns from northeast Portland.
I see great promise in our community, and I hope to see a number of changes coming in the next few years. I see folks fixing up their houses, building relationships and enjoying life.
(or at least attend the meetings)
- It is the best way, and sometimes the only way, to know what is happening in the neighborhood.
- Continue reading
Do you have a great idea for an article in the Eliot News, the Eliot Neighborhood newsletter? Do you like to write and want to contribute an article? Do you have something you want to get off your chest in an “Editorial” article?
At the April 13th General Membership meeting the Eliot Neighborhood Association voted to oppose the current plan for development of a minor league baseball stadium in the Rose Quarter and to work on a Good Neighbor Agreement. Though the Rose Quarter is not in Eliot, it borders the neighborhood and has an impact on neighbors.
The City of Portland is currently evaluating options for renaming Broadway, Grand Ave or NE 39th after civil rights leader Cesar E Chavez. At the April 13th Eliot Neighborhood Association Spring General Membership meeting a motion was brought to the floor to oppose renaming a street after Cezar E Chavez.