One Street, Five Generations and Infinite Life Lessons

An abundance of history and personal stories are woven into the fabric of Portland. So, to make sure the stories are not lost as generations of our residents pass on and memories begin to fade, here is one family’s story and a bit of history with links at the end of this article to learn more.

Irene Shaw Wilson’s home at 2747 NE 7th Avenue at the corner of Graham Street. Photo from Google Maps

For many of the Black residents of Eliot, the family stories begin outside of Oregon. The great migration from 1917-1970 brought both Black and white residents of the South to states in the North, Midwest, and West. Looking for an opportunity and a better life, many people landed in Oregon during the swell of migration during WWII because of the rise of shipbuilding and other war-related industries. With the influx of people moving to Portland, the city had to find a place for all these new residents to live.

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SOLVE | Boise-Eliot / Irvington Neighborhood Cleanup (Se habla español)

Come together with SOLVE and community members for a cleanup in the Boise- Elliot/Irvington Neighborhoods starting at Irvington Park! This event will be entirely outdoors and will comply with social distancing guidelines. After a safety talk and getting cleanup supplies, we will spend a couple of hours picking up litter in the neighborhood to improve our community and protect our ecosystem.www.solveoregon.org

There’s an upcoming cleanup happening at Irving Park this Wednesday, March 31 from 10 AM – Noon. Volunteers will be given cleanup supplies, instruction, and then will be sent out to clean the park and surrounding neighborhood. We’d love it if you could share this volunteer opportunity with your association’s network! https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I00000QFQZp

An Open Letter from IPAC to the Community

At our Eliot Neighborhood Association Board meeting on Monday, March 15 IPAC was discussed and this letter was mentioned. We wanted to share it with our residents and businesses. IPAC is the Inter-Faith Peace & Action Collaborative (IPAC). IPAC is a group of faith leaders, activists, social workers, police officers, and community members. The group says it came together in July 2016 to address the crisis of violence in Portland, specifically violence impacting communities of color.

Purple Clean Comes to Eliot

By the Owners of Purple Clean

Purple Clean, insured and bonded housekeeping

Purple Clean is your neighborhood’s cleaning company. Our goal is to always leave you satisfied after we clean your home. We do this by providing you excellent customer service, timely appointments, and a below-market price. We listen to your specific requests before cleaning and work from there. We always aim to be in your house for the shortest amount of time so that you can get back to enjoying your home.

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Gladys McCoy Memorial Garden Moves Forward with SOLVE Clean-Up and 501(c)3 Designation

Gladys McCoy Memorial Garden at the corner of NE Knott and MLK Jr Blvd.
Photo credit Sue Stringer

Well, progress is happening at the Gladys McCoy Memorial Garden. Kate Thompson, the organizer of the garden restoration, says, “John Barker, the garden designer got the Hardy Plant Society to approve the memorial garden as a 501(c)3 under their umbrella and the society has approved some funds for plantings but we will need more.”

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Local Poet, JC Mehta, Competes in Poetry Competition

By Linzi Garcia

Meadowlark Press invites you to celebrate the winners and finalists of the Meadowlark Press Birdy Poetry Prize during this free, live virtual event! Please register at tinyurl.com/birdypoetryprize. (Event is 6 pm CENTRAL TIME on March 13)

The Birdy Poetry Prize is an annual full-length poetry manuscript competition that draws a large variety of

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Boise Eliot Native Grove Update

By Andrine and Howard de la Rocha

It’s rapidly turning into winter in our tiny ecosystem. Most of the deciduous trees (such as the Quaking Aspens “MackenFrank”) are dormant and bare now – “Alan,” our Oregon white oak, still retains a few brown leaves, as is his species’ habit, but he too is shut down for the winter. Buds are already beginning to swell on many of our leafless trees and shrubs, laying the groundwork for a verdant spring. 

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St. Philip the Deacon – “Building Neighbors” Project to Create Affordable Housing

By Reverend Maria McDowell

For the last year, St. Philip the Deacon has been a member of the Leaven Community Land & Housing Coalition. We have worked with other faith communities to change city code as a part of the Expanding Affordable Housing Opportunities grant. We successfully lobbied for changes to city code to allow faith communities to use their abundant land to build affordable housing. 

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Pretty in Pink

By Shireen Hasan

Pretty in Pink would describe this woman, the amazing Minister Kim Meyers. Meyers is one of the top-ranking African American women in the nation working with one of the most prestigious and prominent companies, Mary Kay. Mary Kay is known for empowering women from all walks of life and cultures to become their own boss, reach their highest potential, and make their dreams come true! 

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Jimmy Wilson: Entrepreneur joins NECN Board

By Lisa Loving, Hey! Neighbor

Jimmy Wilson in front of the mural of he and his grandson.
Photo credit Lisa Loving

Already a member of the Eliot Neighborhood Association Board, entrepreneur Jimmy Wilson is the newest member of the NECN Board of Directors. Hey Neighbor! spoke with him recently about his vision of community leadership, his experience in the local business economy, and his family roots in North and Northeast neighborhoods.

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Ladybug Nature Walks for Kids 6 and Under

Little Ladybug Nature Walks explorers. Photo courtesy Chrissy Larson,
Portland Parks & Recreation

Need a winter or spring activity for you and your toddlers and preschoolers? Ladybug Nature Walks are perfect for those who want to explore nature with their kids led by a trained educator. These walks are geared to the children with an adult who assists in guiding them along as they explore.

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Be Curious – A New Friend Might Be Sitting Right Next to You

Heidi Snellman at the new location of the Union Knott Gallery. Photo credit Alice Murphy

Almost every day during Covid I have run past TwentySix Café, the local coffee shop near my house. I used to visit more frequently when I would walk my dog stopping to catch up with a couple of friends, chat with some acquaintances, grab a cup of tea and a dog treat. Then I’d carry on with my walk. I was always refreshed after those short visits but still, I felt like something was missing. It is hard to take the time and be present on most days of our life. Our busy schedules, thoughts of work, and worrying about far-away family and friends keep us from seeing what’s important and right under our noses.

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Life During Covid – A Middle School Perspective

By Helen Cruz-Uribe

Online school this year has been pretty weird and also pretty annoying. Doing online school, for me at least, feels less fun and more difficult than normal school. It’s been difficult to do all of the work of school without any of the fun parts like getting to hang out with friends, getting to watch movies in class or any fun school events.

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Rentals Using Novel Construction Available Soon

By Susan Bailey

Earlier this year Baileywick Properties pioneered the use of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels for small apartment construction.  CLTs have been used in a handful of larger projects in Portland, but this is believed to be a first for a small project where construction costs are critical.  In this case, they were used to speed the building process and reduce the disruption of neighbors. (see the picture of the first week’s construction).

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New Eatery: Lottie and Zula’s in Former Toro Bravo Restaurant Space

Check out the newest restaurant in Eliot, Lottie and Zula’s, for breakfast or lunch. Photo credit Sue Stringer

There’s a new restaurant in Eliot! The owners are John-Fletcher “Fletch” Halyburton, a former operations director in the Toro Bravo restaurant group, and his sister, Emily Peterson, a North Carolina-based wine industry veteran and the name is an homage to John’s aunts.  Lottie and Zula’s is serving up amazing breakfast sandwiches, tantalizing lunch options, and now Sunday dinners.

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