Gathering Together: Bridges Café and Catering

Interior of Bridges Cafe
Bridges Cafe

Bridges Café and Catering is a restaurant in which the love of family and friends is palpable, both in the overall environment and in the taste of the food itself. The moment you walk into Bridges, you are enveloped by a sense of warmth and coziness. The café is intimate, and is filled with bright colors that lift the spirits even during the darkest days of winter. Coffee mugs are cheerfully mismatched, tabletops are covered in beautiful mosaics, and the scent of delicious food wafts through the air. After beginning many a weekend morning at Bridges, I sat down with Laura Lane-Ruckman, one of the owners of the restaurant, to learn more about the family-operated business and its connection to Eliot.

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Development Plans for Hill Block lot

Legacy CEO and president, George J. Brown, M.D
Legacy CEO and president, George J. Brown, M.D

Legacy Health has joined the city of Portland and Prosper Portland in a collaborative effort to develop a vacant 1.7-acre block on North Russell.

The development process is aimed at engaging the people in the community impacted by displacement and will include medical care services, affordable housing and community amenities.

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Land Use and Transportation End of Summer Update

I’ll talk transportation first because there are a few things happening on this front.  TriMet has a survey of what improvements they should make this year.  There was a bump in bus funding statewide as part of a large transportation package that passed this year.  At the top of Eliot’s priority list would be extending line #24 to NW Portland.  The #24 is currently a marginally useful line that runs from Legacy Emanuel hospital east along Fremont to Gateway TC.  The proposal is to have the line continue westward across the Fremont bridge to Goose hollow, connecting to the MAX on both ends.

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Eliot Sewer and Stormwater Project

Construction of the Eliot Sewer and Stormwater Project begins this fall and will take about a year to complete. City of Portland Environmental Services will be replacing or repairing approximately 10,000 feet of public sewer pipes in the southern part of the Eliot Neighborhood. These pipes are deteriorating due to age or are undersized for the sewer and stormwater flows in this area. The oldest pipe being replaced is 115 years old. These improvements will help protect public health, property and our environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses.

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Portland Open Studios – An Art Event Not to Miss  

Karen Spencer at work
Karen Sunday Spencer

Portland Open Studios is thrilled to announce the list of over a dozen artists in NE Portland who will be opening their doors this October as part of the Portland Open Studios Tour, the city’s largest annual art studio tour held in the second and third weekends of October. This group is part of a larger group of 106 artists in communities across the city who will participate in the event.

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Information from the Chair

SAVE THE DATE: October 17, 2017.

Eliot Neighborhood Association General Meeting and Community Conversation. It’s time to check in with the constituents. If we call it a Town Hall Meeting, will you come?

These are important times for democracy at all levels. Even in a State where our Federal representatives are strong and carry the support of most citizens, at the local community level YOUR VOICE is, also, needed. Clean air, clean water, safe streets, affordable housing……. All need your attention.

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