Adopt-a-Block Update

Hi Friends and Neighbors. It’s always fun to announce our latest block adopter winner(s) of the New Seasons $100 gift certificate!  We award these quarterly and the winners, by lottery, this quarter are Brad Baker and Monique Gaskins! Congratulations! Here’s a little about them:

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PPS Clears the Air at Tubman

Paul Bubl standing in front of classroom window
Paul Bubl teaches science at Harriet Tubman Middle School in Portland. His room has a view of the Fremont Bridge and Forest Park – and Interstate 5, if you look down.

As Portland school officials toured Harriet Tubman Middle School, they marveled at the new science labs and dance studio. Upstairs, with a great view west of the Fremont Bridge and Forest Park, science teacher Paul Bubl was getting ready for students.

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BPI Family Fun Day and Concerts in the Park

Blaze the "Trail Cat" with face painted kids.
Kids having fun with Blaze and amazing face painting. Photo credit Sims Photography

Thank you for making our BPI Family Fun Day and Concerts in the Park a huge success!  The weather was amazing! The music was fantastic! We were surrounded by families and community, love and good times!

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New Nature Patch at Lillis-Albina Park

Colorful pollinators with watershed health messages flank the fence along N Flint Avenue showcasing the new nature patch in Lillis-Albina Park.

New neighbors are sprouting up in the Eliot neighborhood, although not of the human variety. These neighborhood additions are green. They attract butterflies, bees, and birds, and help keep our rivers clean.

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Portland Neighbors Addressing Diesel Pollution

The stretch of I5 interstate highway running through the Eliot Neighborhood was measured by ODOT using a rubber strip sensor to be among the busiest truck routes in Oregon. This is due to in-city short-haul trucks that pace back and forth through Eliot making Portland freight deliveries. Our research into ODOT and DMV data found 75% of these in-city short-haul trucks are unfiltered. Unfiltered trucks are illegal to manufacture and are banned from all of California because they produce ten times as much diesel particulate as a filtered truck.

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Eliot Sewer and Stormwater Project Update

Waterline Relocation Work Schedule Update

The Water Bureau, in coordination with Environmental Services, has completed connecting recently relocated water lines in the project area. Additional work by the Water Bureau may occur in the project area if needed.  The Water Bureau will notify residents and business of any temporary disruption to water service.

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Spontaneous Plutonian Boogie Mural

Spontaneous Plutonian Boogie Mural
Spontaneous Plutonian Boogie Mural

A series of short posts about some of the beautiful murals in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

Rob Lewis is the new artist to paint the mural on the Open Signal building. His project is called astral echoes. It consists of a mural, a visual meditation, and an audio piece made in collaboration with two artists and friends here in Portland, Matt Hayes (film) and Mat Randol (audio).

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Eliot Sewer and Stormwater Project Update

Waterline Relocation Work Schedule

This week, the Water Bureau plans to connect recently relocated water lines on Williams Avenue between Sacramento and Tillamook Streets.

The Water Bureau will notify neighbors of any disruption in water service.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Nate Burton, Public Works Supervisor for the Water Bureau, at 503-823-1843

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There’s a New Priest in Town

Reverend Maria McDowell
Reverend Maria McDowell the new priest at St Phillip the Deacon.

St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church is an historic African-American and diverse community church located in the Eliot Neighborhood. The Reverend Dr. Maria McDowell has recently become the newest priest-in-charge, and yes, she is a woman! Rev’d Dr. Maria is from Portland and has studied theology at schools in Los Angeles and Boston. She always knew that she wanted to serve so that she can do what she loves – to teach and think deeply with others about things that matter. She loves being with people where God and life meet, where the rubber hits the road.

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Frigg’s Mercantile

Ever wonder how to make your own soap, cheese, or kombucha? What about homemade candles or cosmetics? Frigg’s Mercantile is an urban homesteading shop and studio that recently opened on NE MLK with a simple mission: to equip people with the supplies and knowledge needed to carry out traditional homesteading adventures that can be mastered in a typical Portland kitchen.

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Hill Block: Visioning to Heal the Past

The healing: In August of 2017, Legacy Health joined the City of Portland and Prosper Portland (formerly Portland Development Commission) in announcing a collaborative effort to develop a vacant 1.7-acre block on the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center property. This land once housed the Hill Block building and was considered the heart of the Albina business community where many African Americans resided in nearby homes until urban renewal came in the 1960s. Though vacant for nearly 50 years, this plot of land still evokes painful memories for many African Americans who still talk about the unfair destruction and loss of their community.

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