Construction is nearing halfway on the Children’s Hospital

By Julie Reed

Structural Frame of Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanual

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.

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Land Use and Transportation Update for Winter 2011

Portland Plan

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.

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Weekend Morning Coffee Treat

Goldrush Coffee Bar

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.

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Eliot Solar Diary II: Permit denied

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.

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Make Eliot Greener

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.

Upcoming Dates:

01/10/2011 – Deadline to sign up for a tree
01/30/2011 – Deadline to purchase tree
02/12/2011 – Planting Day (3117 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)

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