Portland Streetcar Adding Two New Streetcars

The City Council gave Portland Streetcar the green light on March 21 to purchase two new streetcars, allowing for more frequent service on the system’s A and B Loops connecting Downtown and the Central Eastside. As Portland continues to add new residents at a rapid pace, the additional vehicles will improve Portland Streetcar’s ability to connect people to housing, jobs, and services in the Central City when the new cars enter the fleet in 2020.

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Natasha Butler: Principal at Harriet Tubman

Principal Natasha Butler in front of the new Harriet Tubman Middle School
Principal Natasha Butler in front of the new Harriet Tubman Middle School. Photo: Danny Peterson

Principal Natasha Butler has big plans for Harriet Tubman Middle School and Eliot neighborhood. As the school reopens to students for the 2018 school year, Principal Butler looks to enlist the entire neighborhood in support of diverse populations and thriving communities for students. Principal Butler’s own roots in Eliot run deep, and she is committed to continuing to welcome people of color in our neighborhood. Growing up, Ms. Butler’s father ran a business near the intersection of Graham Street and Williams Avenue and lived on Graham. Although the neighborhood demographics have changed over the years, Principal Butler wants Harriet Tubman Middle School to be a powerhouse for students of color and students from underrepresented communities.

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Concerts in the Park 2018

Dawson Park Concert 2016 - Soul Vaccination
Dawson Park Concert 2016 – Soul Vaccination

A musical tradition over 110 years in the making, Concerts in the Park offers something for everyone. The Rose City’s best and brightest – from classical to country, rock & roll to rhythm & blues – have been entrancing audiences in parks since 1901. Today’s crowds flock to Portland parks citywide for the revelry, with over forty thousand people attending 61 concerts offered in 2016.

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Union Knott Gallery

Storefront of Union Knot Gallery
Union Knot Gallery at 2726 NE MLK. Photo by Sue Stringer.

Before there were the whitewashed walls of the small gallery space next to Bridges Café, there was clutter and a grotesque carpet. Heidi Snellman and her friends pulled out the carpet, added a wooden window bench and transformed the “box with a great window” into Union Knott Gallery.

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Eliot’s Unique Bike Hive

Image of Breadwinner Cycles
Breadwinner Cycles

While many neighborhoods in Portland have a local bike shop, few neighborhoods have what could be considered to be a “Bike Hive”. Eliot is home to a vibrant community of businesses and nonprofits passionate about supporting people who ride bikes at any level of expertise. The intersection of North Page Street and North Williams Avenue is home to several local businesses dedicated to cyclists: Metropolis Cycles, Igleheart Custom Frames and Forks, Ahearne Cycles, Breadwinner Cycles and Café, Signal Cycles, and Endurance PDX, with Bike Farm and Cycle Oregon just a few blocks away. I wanted to learn more about these businesses, how they collaborate, their views on what they offer to Eliot, and what they want the neighborhood to know about them.

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Helping Teens Navigate Mental Health

Anxiety and depression among teens are at an all-time high, largely because of social media and technology. Before smartphones, children and teenagers used to go to school and deal with bullying and social pressures for six to eight hours a day, Monday through Friday. Now, with the advent of social media and ample access to screens, there is no break. The pressure to be liked and accepted on social media is unrelenting, 24/7, because kids are constantly connected to their phones and social media.

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Eliot Churches

Greater Mt. Gillard Missionary Baptist Church, Stanton & Rodney.
Photo: John Value

Churches are benchmarks of communities. Inherent in every church is a sense of community. Through learning the histories of the churches in our neighborhood we can learn the history of our neighborhood.  We can also see the way things have changed and plan for our future. More than 20 churches rest within and just beyond the Eliot boundaries. These are a few of them.

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Introducing…The Boise Eliot Native Grove

Andrine de la Roch and Howard Paterson in front of sign
Andrine de la Roch and Howard Paterson, founders of the new Boise Eliot Native Grove

The Boise Eliot Native Grove on N Ivy St. is transforming an unimproved right-of-way into a native plant and pollinator grove. Situated just to the north of the Fremont Bridge ramp, the land is owned by Portland Bureau of Transportation but cannot be developed due to a number of utilities running underneath.

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Eliot Sewer and Stormwater Project Update

Waterline Relocation Work

Work to replace and relocate waterlines that will conflict with sewer and stormwater construction will begin again in June. After completing waterline relocation work, the Water Bureau will perform a series of quality control tests and may identify the need for additional work.

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Cascadia Launches Primary Care Services

A heart-wrenching fact: individuals who struggle with severe and persistent mental illness die 20 to 30 years sooner than those without mental illness. Just as distressing, research shows these individuals’ deaths are typically not due to mental illness, but to other health problems – hypertension, asthma, diabetes – that haven’t been adequately treated.

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What’s for Dinner

This quick, simple, and meat-free vegan taco recipe will surely have everyone begging for more!

Vegan Tacos

Ingredients:

  • Soft tortillas
  • Small onion (diced)
  • 1 cup of TVP (texturized vegetable protein)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Taco seasoning (bulk)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of water
  • Taco/Hot Sauce
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato

Directions:

  1. Sautee diced onions until brown
  2. Boil 7/8 cup of water and pour over TVP (mix well) let sit for at least 10 mins.
  3. Add the rehydrated TVP to onions and sauté for 3-5 mins (longer if needed)
  4. Mix water with taco seasoning in a bowl
  5. Pour over TVP and onions (mix well)
  6. Bring to a quick boil then reduce heat to low; simmer about 10-15 mins
  7. Heat tortillas in oven until warm
  8. Fill tortillas with meatless dish
  9. Add all your favorite taco trimmings ( i.e. lettuce, tomato, taco sauce, etc. )

ENJOY!

By Shireen Hasan