On Wednesday, March 30th at 6pm, the City is hosting a public safety discussion at Matt Dishman Community center on NE Knott street. The public is invited to attend
Community Safety Listening & Strategy Session
The City of Portland’s Division of Community Safety and Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty’s Office are holding a Community Safety Listening & Strategy Session at Matt Dishman Community Center on Wednesday, March 30th.
The Eliot neighborhood, a vibrant area with a rich history, has suffered from the steep increase in gun violence in Portland over the last two years. Come share how you have been impacted by safety issues in your neighborhood and meet other neighbors looking for solutions.
What is Happening?
The Community Safety Listening & Strategy Session has three intended outcomes:
1. Assemble community members concerned about safety in the neighborhood
2. Build a shared understanding of problems impacting community safety, as well as a shared vision
3. Identify resources within the community to address problems and build toward the vision
The City of Portland recognizes that the Eliot neighborhood is of vital importance to Black Portlanders who formed a strong community here due to Portland’s racist red-lining policies in the early to mid-1900s. The City also recognizes that this community has experienced multiple layers of displacement and trauma due to policies that destroyed homes and caused rising property costs that forced residents out of the area. This event needs the perspective of long-standing Eliot residents who experienced these events, and the session will not be successful without your voice. AllEliot residents who want to build a safer community are welcome. Broad representation from a diverse group of residents, businesses, and other community organizations is essential to achieving this event’s intended outcomes.
Join us at Matt Dishman Community Center on Wednesday, March 30 from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
The Emanuel Displaced Persons Association 2 is a group that is comprised of the decedents of the homes and businesses displaced by the Emanuel Hospital expansion in the 1960s and 70s. They recently sent out his update. There is an interesting report and an upcoming event that may be of interest. Here’s their update
1. A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the EDPA2 survey. The purpose of the survey is to reach as many families as possible who were impacted specifically by the Emanuel Hospital expansion. In other words, if your family home/s and/or business/es were demolished to accommodate Emanuel Hospital, you should complete the survey HERE. The flyer is attached. Please continue to share and post! 2. Byrd, a cofounder of EDPA2 has an unique and awesome opportunity to purchase a home in Central Albina “in close proximity to the project area.” The home has significant historic value and is one of the remaining Black owned homes in Central Albina. The plan is to use some aspect of the home for the community service aspect of EDPA2. link to donate There’s an immediate need to raise $5,000 by January 31, 2022. Thank you! 3. Lastly, the groundbreaking 104-page report by EDPA2 and FutureLab is nowupdated and ready to share! The report is now 161 pages Reclamation Toward the Futurity of Central Albina: Dreamworld Urbanism is scheduled for release on Monday January 31, 2022 at 3pm. Go to PDXScholar after that time and search “Central Albina” to find the report.
After you’ve had a chance to read and digest the report, you are invited to an online event “Show EDPA2 Some Love” on Valentine’s Day, Monday February 14, 2022 at 6:00pm. EDPA2 and FutureLab are at it again but this time we want to hear from YOU. Please join us for Curiosities, Ruminations and Feedback on the report. What stands out to you? What questions do you have? What do you want to discuss further? Better yet, What did you learn? REGISTER HERE This event is free to the public.
Dear community member, The City of Portland’s Charter Commission has embarked on this once-in-a-decade opportunity to review and revise the City of Portland’s Charter (the City’s constitution) and recommend amendments for Portlanders to vote on.
Amendments to the City’s Charter can change City policies and processes that have the potential to respond to community priorities, shape our City, and address the most pressing issues facing our city. The Charter Commission is hosting virtual Community Listening Sessions in January— we hope you join us! Our Community Listening Sessions are part of a two-part series of listening sessions. The upcoming sessions are an opportunity for community members to learn from Commissioners about charter review, options of reform for our government and elections, and join small breakout rooms to have a discussion with Commissioners on these options! Community members are invited to attend either of the Part II Community Listening Sessions. The sessions will have the same content just offered on different days to accommodate more community member. Learn more about Charter and register here: Tinyurl.com/CharterListeningSessions Tuesday, January 11th from 6-8pm Saturday, January 22nd from 12-2pm. In November, the Charter Commission hosted part I of the Community Listening Sessions and participants learned about the charter review process and the issues currently being researched by the Charter Commission. Joining part I is not a requirement to join Part II. Watch the recording of Part I here! We hope you join us!
During the pandemic, I have been doing a lot of reading about the history of my neighborhood, Eliot. I came across a number of plans from the 1960’s and 1970’s that affected inner North Portland. Joseph Cortright put together a 3-part series on how the Oregon Department of Transportation destroyed Albina, the biggest cultural center for Black Portlanders at the time. At the same time, Emanuel Hospital was expanded intentionally into the area between N Williams and N Kerby all the way to I-5/I-405. This was presaged by a short study called the Central Albina Study which recommended most of what is now the Eliot Neighborhood be demolished for Industry. Warehouses were recommended west of MLK Jr Blvd and South of N Fremont. This was later amended to west of N Williams avenue.