As the folksingers say, “To every thing, there is a season.” In Eliot at least, when times are hard and real estate prices are down, it is time for the flippers to emerge from their holes.
“We want to buy your house,” proclaim the signs on telephone poles. So do letters from Phoenix Homes, Metro Homes Northwest, and many others. They promise “cash, in any condition, no real estate fees.”
To those who missed the Grand Opening on September 22-23, and are otherwise unaware of it, by the time you read this the Portland Streetcar should be alive, reasonably well, and operating on the southern fringe of Eliot.
This summer the waste hauler installed solar panels on the roof of their headquarters at 2223 N. Randolph St. in the Lower Albina industrial area. According to Cloudburst co-owner David McMahon, they will generate 62 percent of the plant’s electric consumption. In fact, in the first 80 days alone they generated one third of their 2009 electric consumption. McMahon adds, “The place used to be Pacific Power and Light’s headquarters, so virtually everything is electric.”
The Eliot neighborhood has long longed for more retail on commercial streets such as Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, to see activity and commercial services instead of empty lots and buildings. Things have improved since our low point in the late 1970s, but more is needed.
In the past year the west wall of the Northeast Portland Renal Center on Northeast Seventh Avenue at Hancock Street has undergone a dramatic change, from solid white to an explosion of color. Its many images each convey a message, while the total enterprise, the work of many people, meets so many purposes.