Another successful neighborhood cleanup is history, and all the paperwork is (finally) completed. In all, we removed nearly nine tons of debris from the neighborhood, and added about $500 to our coffers.
As always, many people came together to make this possible.
We live and work on them. We walk, bicycle, and drive on them, but how many of us know the history behind the streets of Eliot? Here, with help from the book Portland Names and Neighborhoods: Their Historical Origins, by Eugene E Snyder (Binford and Mort, 1979) are the stories of some of the neighborhood’s more well known streets.
Q1: What still in use structure on MLK had a bit part in a 1993 sleeper hit? What was the building? What was the movie? Bonus: What two word line (arguably one of the best in the movie) was uttered by an extra in that scene?
Q2: What used to be at the site of the Nike outlet store? What happened to it?
Q3: What is the name of the park adjoining Tubman School, and why is it hyphenated?
Thanks to all the hard work of volunteers and generous donations, the annual Eliot clean-up was a success. We removed over 10 tons of debris from the neighborhood, plus a few more tons of scrap metal that were recycled. We also raised about $500, to be used to help fund neighborhood events such as the Dawson Park concerts.