Neighborhood Tree Team Wins Award

Tree Team replaced dead tree with new tree
Tree Team replaced dead tree with new tree

The Albina Neighborhood Tree Team, started in 2014, has just received the 2016 Bill Naito Community Trees Award from the Portland Urban Forestry Commission.  The commission “recognizes groups and individuals for their stewardship, advocacy and commitment to trees in Portland.” ANTT has received this award for their “exemplary actions and achievements as a group” working in this endeavor.

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Building a Better Broadway Street

3 Lanes of Broadway
3 Lanes of Broadway

Northeast Broadway and Weidler Streets between the Willamette River and Northeast 24th Avenue are streets that are looking for traffic.  Currently, the number of cars on Broadway and Weidler do not, even during the busiest rush hours, meet even 70% of the designed capacity of the streets. That is to say that the streets are bigger than they need to be in terms of the number of lanes that are striped on them.  What are the consequences of this?  Cars can speed down Broadway and Weidler streets quickly all day and all night.

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Portland Play House

Portland Playhouse
Portland Playhouse

On a residential street corner in the old Mount Sinai Baptist Church in the middle of the King neighborhood lies a hidden gem.  The Portland Playhouse theater is celebrating its eighth year but it hasn’t come with out challenges and subsequent victories.  However, through it all, the theater has remained an important fixture of the King neighborhood in Northeast Portland and has continued the discussion of diversity and the issues that surround gentrification.

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The Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church

Vancouver Baptist Church
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Vancouver Ave Baptist Church in 1961. Photo courtesy Portland Observer.

Overshadowed though it may be today by the Cook Street Lofts apartment complex currently under construction across the street, the Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church (3138 N Vancouver Avenue) is an institution of the Eliot neighborhood and of African American history in Portland . The Church appears similar to most others across Portland, with a brick  facade, stained glass windows, and a mid-sized wooden steeple. However, it is one of the few remaining structures from  Vancouver Avenue in the 1950s, and a link to the era when the area was known as “Black Broadway”: the hub of African American life and culture in Portland.

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Land Use and Transportation Roundup

7th Avenue Traffic Calming Island
7th Avenue Traffic Calming Island

On the transportation side, a few things are heating up. City staff hosted a meeting about a future NE 7th or 9th avenue bikeway.  There was a strong preference to use 7th in Eliot’s section of the greenway due to it being cheaper and being able to address other safety concerns on 7th avenue at the same time. There is concern from the City’s perspective about diverting many of the cars from 7th to other routes although they have some tools to help this.

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