The structural framework for the new nine-story, 334,000 sq. ft. Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel has created a visible presence on the east Portland landscape. The new building project is 45 percent complete and is expected to open in spring 2012.
The Portland Plan process continues. Of most interest to Eliot is the Central City Plan process embedded within the larger process. It will evaluate and potentially change zoning among other things. The current focus is the NE quadrant of the central city that includes the Rose Quarter, Lloyd District, Lower Albina, and portions of Eliot along Broadway and between Williams and I-5. The process has two parts. The first is planning revisions to I-5 between I-84 and the Fremont Bridge. The second is the usual review of land use and zoning. There is a citizens advisory panel assisting with the process. Many on the panel believe the process is dominated by interests who want to widen I-5 without considering neighborhood impacts. They are warily watching transportation interests to blunt that threat, however, there are serious issues with this section of the freeway that will complicate future development in the Rose Quarter and the Broadway corridor associated with the new streetcar line. Not much has happened after three advisory panel meetings but the next meeting in January is expected to begin the review of freeway options where things should get more substantive AND interesting.
On the weekends I like to walk over to one of our neighborhood coffee shops to indulge in a latte and bagel for breakfast. Over the past few years I’ve become a regular at Goldrush Coffee Bar. With its brick interior, old hardwood floors, and rotating art, the vibe inside Goldrush is very Portland. I tend to be a creature of habit and get the same breakfast almost every weekend so the baristas all know my order. Occasionally around the holidays I order the pumpkin spiced latte and a peppermint mocha for my husband instead of the usual vanilla latte and regular mocha. Also, during the hot summer days I’ll sometimes change my drink to iced for a real shake up.
Northeast Conservation Districts shutout from Solar tax incentives
by Shara Alexander
You may have seen the call to join Solarize Northeast in the Winter and Spring 2010 issues of the Eliot news. The Solarize program was designed to bring down the price of home solar systems by enrolling as many homeowners as possible at one time to purchase panels – a bulk-buying strategy.
Friends of Trees is turning Portland grey to green by planting thousands of trees all over the city. Find out if one has your name on it. Buy a discounted tree for your planting strip or yard. Become a volunteer. Or simply make a donation.
Music, art and literacy, three academic areas that many assume to be part of a K-8 school’s curriculum. Due to budget cuts school communities now fend for themselves, finding creative ways to fund programs that have fallen off the curriculum.