Possible changes at Boise-Eliot School?

Boise-Eliot School is our neighorhood school. The K-8 program feeds into Grant High School, but could a switch to Jefferson be in the works?

A recent article in The Oregonian looks at possible changes to the current feeder system, pointing out that Boise-Eliot School is a lot closer to Jefferson than it is to Grant.

The article doesn’t suggest imminent changes, but it’s worth noting that Grant is bursting at the seams while Jefferson is half-empty.

Street car property assessments (update)

An article in the July 6 issue of The Oregonian discusses how property owners near the Street Car will have to pay assessments to help cover the cost of the east side extension.

The article mentioned how much longtime Eliot resident Pauline Bradford will have to pay, and might leave some with the impression that all property owners near the line will be charged.

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Willamette Week article about Eliot

The July 4th issue of Willamette Week has a very interesting article about changes in the Eliot and Boise neighborhoods.

The author, Nancy Rommelmann, is a relatively new Portland transplant who lives on Northeast Cook Street between Rodney and Williams. She talks about the significant demographic changes she’s seen on her block in just the few years since she bought her house. I appreciated her nuanced attitudes about change and the wide range of people she quoted.

Coincidentally, the day before Willamette Week published the article, I bicycled along that very stretch of Cook Street. I noticed two houses next door to each other, both porches full of loud, revelers. One group was African American. The other was white. I thought it was a telling snapshot of our changing neighborhood.