Beautification Meeting

Keep the Neighborhood Clean!

On April 7th a few neighbors got together to discuss ways we could help make Eliot a more attractive place.  Some great ideas were bandied about, and we’d love additional input as we think of ways to get as many neighbors involved with keeping our neighborhood clean. Our second meeting is scheduled for May 6th at 7:30 at 2308 NE Rodney Ave.

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Neighborhood Watch Program

NeighborhoodWatchRegardless if crime is up or down on your individual street or in your neighborhood, starting and participating in an active Neighborhood Watch is always a good idea.  The City of Portland’s Crime Prevention program is hoping to start new Watch groups and rekindle older ones in the Eliot Neighborhood area.

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A-WOL Presents “Closed Doors”

On April 9th A-WOL Dance Collective opened the doors of its new performance space in Eliot for its original spring production of “Closed Doors.” The Eliot News team was able to get a sneak peek on Thursday and we were impressed! What is “Closed Doors”?…

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Up Close and Personal: Angela Kremer

Angela Kremer at her Victorian house
Angela Kremer at her Victorian house

“It’s a work in progress,” Angela Kremer says of the interior paint of her home. Like many residents of Eliot she and her husband chose the location in part because of its affordability relative to other close-in Portland neighborhoods. She spotted the three bedroom Victorian house on the corner of Rodney and Hancock in 1998 when she was riding by on her bike. “It needed a lot of work, but I just fell in love with it. It really appealed to me to fix it up and make it something that people could enjoy from the outside.”

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Envisioning Eliot’s Future

“It is difficult to predict, especially about the future.”

Streetcar along Williams in 1889.  Homes have been replaced with warehouses.  Courtesy Mrs. Dorothy Thompson Smith
Streetcar along Williams in 1889. Homes have been replaced with warehouses. Courtesy Mrs. Dorothy Thompson Smith

This quote is rooted in a Danish proverb according to the ever- reliable internet, although it has been attributed to a number of notables.  Regardless, it is true.  I personally subscribe to the maxim “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”  One of Eliot’s predominantly German residents from the 1920s would still recognize many of Eliot’s homes, but would miss the streetcars along MLK and other streets, and the residential community that used to exist west of the gulch occupied by I-5.  The number of automobiles would be a shock as would the lack of livestock in rear yards.  Even indoor plumbing would be novel.  But, their Eliot would still look a lot like ours.  Many of the houses would be the same along with the streets, but the street names have changed over the years.

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