Oral History Walking Tour

By Kayla Gill

A page from the tour booklet

Allies of Eliot, a group of eight PSU community development students, has produced a historic walking tour of Eliot based on a series of interviews conducted by the Eliot Oral Histories Project and on community outreach conducted for the walking tour.  The tour is self-guided and consists of an informational booklet with historical photos, and corresponding audio tracks taken from the interviews. Booklets and audio players will be available for checkout from Dishman Community Center, where the tour begins and ends.  A condensed brochure version of the booklet and audio mp3s will be available for free download from the project website this summer.

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NE Broadway Summer Super Sale

The NE Broadway Summer Super Sale offers Great Deals, Great Music, and plenty of Street Fair Fun on Friday July 15 through Sunday July 17. Participating businesses will have great merchandise and bargains up to 75% off, with sidewalk sale tables spilling over and more killer deals inside the shops. Add two music stages, lots of kids activities and much more, and it means plenty of fun for everyone.

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These Are Our Streets!

Since it was platted by Edwin Russell, William Page, and George Williams in 1872, the city of Albina (now Eliot) was set up with a Manhattan-style grid with long east-west blocks that are 2.5 times as long as the north-south blocks. This, combined with the steep cliffs separating the neighborhood from the river made all the north and south streets important connections for a huge area north of Eliot over the last 140 years. In 1888, the Steel Bridge opened and life on the east side was booming. Electric streetcars started running over the bridge in 1889 on the original Albina line. In the early 1900s, streetcars ran up and down Williams and Union (now Martin Luther King, Jr.) Avenues. The speed limit before cars came along was 6mph, with streetcars allowed to go 12mph. Crossing the street was no big problem for the early residents of Albina.

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Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship Summer Bike and Hike

Bringing the Sun to the Northwest

As a native Oregonian, every year at this time, I wonder to myself, “Can it get any worse?” But this year the weather seems particularly bad. I do need to remind myself that even while I write this article the sun is shining brightly outside.  Maybe it just takes us awhile in the Northwest to regain the comfort that the sun really does come out again, after our nine month dreary winters.  Let’s talk about better, brighter things though.

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Children’s Hospital on its way to February 2012 opening

By Maegan Vidal

Construction on The Children's Hospital first floor main lobby

Only 8 months away from opening its doors in February 2012, the new home for The Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel is 70 percent complete. The hospital will better care for the community by dramatically increasing its capacity to serve kids and families. The new home is nearly four times the size of the current hospital, with nine-stories, 334,000 square-feet and 165 beds. Physicians, nurses and staff will be able to provide holistic care in a world-class family-centered healing environment for the growing number of children in our community with medical needs.

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