It has been a boom and bust time recently on our committee. Some months, we have nothing to talk about and others we are swamped with multiple development proposals. Due to the rezoning proposal we pushed in Eliot, some properties have been rushing to get plans approved while others wait for the new zoning to take effect before starting their proposals. Portland’s Comprehensive Plan for 2035 (now in it’s 7th or 8th year of work) is going to be adopted January 1st and minor revisions to the zoning map are ongoing. Recently, we have noted that a few proposed projects on North Williams have been stalled due to funding issues, but we will continue to see more large buildings going in in the future.
Northeast Portland used to be a hot bed of jazz clubs back in the 1960’s. Audiences enjoyed a plethora of musicians as they came through Portland including some really big names such as Coleman Hawkins and Thelonious Monk. Now, as we have all seen, the neighborhood has changed, the jazz clubs are gone, and there are varying opinions about the motivations and impact that gentrification has had. However, there is movement afoot to bring jazz back to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Originally published in Eliot News July 2017.
Summer is here, and people are taking vacations, the kids are off to summer activities, or just plain ole’ hangin’ out. At some point, the grim reality will begin to slowly creep back in and manifest itself to parents that school is right around the corner. Many parents who are looking for better ways and places to educate their children for the upcoming school year may want to consider something completely different. More and more people are growing very dissatisfied with the current educational system. The truth is that many people see the “dumbing down” of our children, overcrowded classrooms, medical diagnoses as an excuse to dope our children, labeling children insomuch as to create a record or history of severe mental problems, and criminalizing children as young as second and third grade. In addition, there seems to be the lack of civil rights protections for students and parents against these conspiracies, hostile environments, bullying, harassment, retaliation, racism, and a whole host of other civil violations. Obviously, these trends are not in the best interest of our children.
We are very fortunate to have the climate and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest literally outside our door. So of course there are folks who want to share their enthusiasm for being outside with others. Walking in Portland is a way of life, a past time, an exercise method, some might say religion, too (Forest Therapy is a thing). Some of our options for walking with others are guided walks, volunteer led group walks, and self-guided walks.
ODOT and the City of Portland are continuing to study and design improvements to I-5 between I-84 and I-405 and to local streets near the Broadway-Weidler interchange in Portland. Attend an informational open house to learn about the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project and the planned improvements. The open house is drop-in, so stop by to learn and talk to project team members about:
Eliot Land Use and Transportation Committee Agenda
Highlights: Portland Streetcar and PBOT presentations about future transit in Eliot
September 11, 2017 7:00 pm
St Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church
120 NE Knott Street (map)
(car parking off Rodney behind the church, entrance on Knott street)
7:00 pm Welcome & Introductions
- Dan Bower, Portland Streetcar Inc to talk about expansion plans. It is not expected that a line through Eliot would be the next one, however some roads in Southern Eliot will show up in the presentation
- Transit Prioritization – Portland Bureau Of Transportation (PBOT) to talk about speeding up some bus lines, including #6 MLK
In a season already fraught with bad news – Arkansas executions, skyrocketing arms sales, more black teenagers shot by police – a page-8 headline in the last issue of Eliot News stopped me cold: “Major Expansion Project Planned for Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Campus.” For me, those 10 words echoed the hospital “expansion” that dismantled the last of Eliot’s African-American community, 44 years ago.
Portland’s food scene is bursting at the seams with variety. We are lucky to have a restaurant located just a few blocks north of the Eliot Neighborhood that prioritizes caring for our local community as well as serving up delicious food.