The Gotham Tavern in some from or another has been in Eliot Neighborhood for some time. I first discovered it while walking around lower Albina taking pictures to be used for this web site. Until then I was unaware it was there right in our neighborhood. I’m glad I found it.
Did you know you can experience First Thursday in Eliot? On Thursday July 5th my wife and I were looking for something to do. After having dinner we stopped by Mark Woolley Gallery for First Thursday. It was a great way to spend the evening.
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.
The July 6 issue of The Oregonian features an article about fundraising efforts to rebuilding the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, which was destroyed by fire in February.
Bottom line: the church needs to raise a lot of money.
Unfortunately, the article did not say where to send donations.
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.
Toro Bravo, 120 NE Russell St., 281-4464. Dinner 5-10 pm Monday-Thursday, 5-11 or midnight Friday-Saturday, 5-9 pm Sunday
On this Fourth of July we stopped by Tiny’s for lunch. While going inside I noticed some chalk on the sidewalk. After looking a little closer I saw chalk south down MLK as far as I could see. Just up a block or so was the end of the chalk along with several people writing on the sidewalk. We ate our lunch outside then went to talk with the chalkers.
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.
In Other Words Women’s Books and Resources has organized a Women’s History of Portland mural project to promote the mission of empowering women through art and education.
The public is invited to attend and comment at a review of a mural by the Public Art Advisory Committee of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.