Food Cart Owner Pays it Forward

Jimmy Wilson

Pay it forward.  This is a well-known phrase that is easy to understand and possible to enact but rarely a lifelong philosophy that continually directs your life.  One Eliot businessman has dedicated his life to paying it forward and it has had a positive effect on his life and the life of others. You might have been to the food cart pod on Vancouver and Fremont or maybe you’re new to the Eliot neighborhood and are looking for some convenient and delicious dinner options. Jimmy Wilson owns the food carts at this location and the story about how they came to be located here is one of dedication and generosity.

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Review of Better Housing by Design and Residential Infill Draft Reports

There are two new proposals for changes to zoning codes in residential zones; Better Housing by Design and the Residential Infill project.  The recently (almost) completed Comprehensive Plan process changed “zoning;” where housing, commercial, and industrial uses can be located and the level of development intensity in each.  Residential zones are split between “single family” zones (R2.5, R5, and R10) and “multi-family zones” (R3, R2, R1, and RH) – each zone is listed from lowest to highest development density.  Roughly half of Eliot’s residential lots are expected to be rezoned to R 2.5 from the current R2 zone. The rest of Eliot’s residential zones are R 2 or higher. In addition, most of the properties along MLK and Williams/Vancouver are zoned CM for mixed use projects up to 65’ tall.

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Meet the Board – Jere Fitterman

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Jere Fitterman

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Jere has lived in Eliot since Jan 2009. She has been on the board for two years as Co-Chair with Patricia Montgomery. This year she is the Chair. Jere wanted to join the board because she wanted to get to know more neighbors and get involved in local issues and events.

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Meet the Board – Maggie Gardner

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Maggie has lived in Eliot for 12 years. She has attended meetings sporadically over the years, but never been on the board before this year. She just got elected Vice Chair and is interested in exploring what might unite and engage our community.

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Meet the Board – Sue Stringer

Sue Stringer

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Sue is fairly new to Eliot. She has lived in the neighborhood for the last five years but has lived in Portland on and off for 21 years.  Sue joined the board as the  Eliot News Editor in 2014. She joined the board because she wanted to get more connected with the neighborhood and meet new neighbors.

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Meet the Board – Anna Daggett

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Anna has lived in the Eliot neighborhood for a year and a half and in Portland for seven years. This is her first term as a board member.  She wanted to join the board to increase her knowledge and awareness about what is going on in the Eliot neighborhood.

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Meet the Board – Monica Choy Salazar

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Monica Choy Salazar

Monica has lived in the Eliot neighborhood since May 2017 and has worked here since August 2013. She just joined the board in October and we’re excited that she was willing to be elected as our Recorder. She is happy to live and work in Eliot and wants to be more involved in the community here.

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Meet the Board – Brad Baker

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Brad Baker

Brad has lived in Eliot for a little less than a year. Before living in Eliot, he lived in Goose Hollow. Brad just got elected to our board in October. He is interested in helping Eliot be as wonderful as it can potentially be. To him, that means a diverse, safe, affordable, sustainable, and welcoming community.

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Meet the Board – Patricia Montgomery

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Patricia Montgomery

Patricia is a native Oregonian and has lived in Eliot for 28 years.  She has been on the board for five years with the last two years being our Co-Chair with Jere Fitterman. Her favorite things about the neighborhood are the accessibility to the city, the diversity of the neighborhood and the sense of a caring community.

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Meet the Board – Jim Hlava

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Jim Hlava

Jim has been a Portland resident for the last 34 years and has lived in the Hollywood District for 27 years. Jim has been a board member since 2008 and has been our Treasurer for the last year and will continue on with that position this year.

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Meet the Board – Jimmy Wilson

“Meet the board” is a series of posts to help you get to know the members of your Eliot Neighborhood Association Board.

Jimmy Wilson

Jimmy does not live in the Eliot neighborhood but has worked here for nine years. He just joined our board in October for the first time.  He wanted to join the board to change how people communicate with each other.

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