Letter from the Chair Winter 2018

Our Eliot Neighborhood Association, ENA, Board has been busy this past year with traditional activities and on clean-up. However, the Board is evolving, as is our neighborhood, to be more diverse and more action oriented. This fall four new members joined the Board (see Board profiles in this issue). We have set our sights on 2018 to address issues brought up during our Community Conversations (safety and parking) issues brought to us from groups (air pollution and traffic).

The ENA Board meets the third Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm at 120 NE Knott. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Eliot Neighborhood Association activities during 2017:

  • Annual Clean-Up in May, another great success, was supported by NECN and organized by Board member and Eliot Newsletter Editor, Sue Stringer
  • Good in the Hood parade and fair in Lillis Albina City Park in June was well attended
  • Open Signal had its open house block party on NE Graham in August where we had an information booth
  • Community Conversations in April and October centered around neighbors concerns around safety in parks, on streets and in their homes and about the increase of traffic and parking issues. As a result of these conversations the ENA Board is setting Safety, Parking and Livability as our main goals for 2018. Action goals around these issues will be the agenda of Jan 15, 2018 meeting.
  • Litter Pickup events in Spring and Summer supported by Solve had many Eliot volunteers and others all over the neighborhood. Next event is on MLK Day.
  • Adopt-a-Block program grew to 18 blocks – for details see article in this issue.
  • Clean Start pilot program began in August. This quote is from NECN: “Members of the Eliot neighborhood’s Livability Team met with Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods in January to discuss an increase in trash and debris in their area. During the conversation the most progressive and productive idea was to partner with Central Eastside Industrial Council, Central City Concern and the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement to pilot Clean Start PDX for a year… With the support of ONI Interim Director David Austen and others, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve the proposal on June 14th. ‘I just want to say how impressed I am with Northeast Neighborhood Coalition and all of our neighborhood coalitions. They’re all doing really innovative, vital work in our community,’ Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who oversees the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, said prior to the vote.”

Also, in case you haven’t heard about it, the PDX Reporter app is a very important new way to interact with the city concerning problems or issues with publicly maintained infrastructure. Access PDX Reporter from any smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer at http://www.pdxreporter.org.

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