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Eliot Neighborhood Association General Member Meeting Agenda 4/19/2021 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

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Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions
    • This is a General Member meeting which means all those present who live and/or work in the neighborhood can vote
  • Agenda Additions?
  • Russell and Williams Project (Bryson Davis & Justice Rajee, co-Chairs of the Project Working Group) 
  • Presentation about letter on community policing (Johanna Brenner)
  • Presentation from HomeShare Oregon (Tess Fields)
  • ENA Bylaws changes
    •  MOTION: choose an option to clarify who is on the executive committeepurpose of the executive committee is to make quick decisions about things in between meetings or discuss topics in advance of bringing to the full board.   
      • option a) all officers that the board elects (currently this would be 6/8 of the board)   
      • option b) only treasurer, recorder, and chairs/vice-chairs/co-chairs
    • MOTION: add language that borders can’t be changed without an attempt to contact current occupants
  • Neighborhood updates
    • No More Freeways Lawsuit
    • Livability
    • Dawson Park Concerts?
    • Land Use
      • working on recommendations to developers,
      • 2 demolitions planned on Monroe Street,
      • Mike added offline
    • other updates?
  • Public Comment
  • Adjourn

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2021-03-08 LUTC Minutes

Minutes for March 8, 2021 LUTC Meeting

Attendees:

  • Brad 
  • Allan
  • Phil
  • Mike 

Minutes

  • Allan shared his proposal for the Fremont Bridge Reclamation. The committee was supportive of the idea and Mike is going to help shop the idea around.
  • Brad to post meeting link on website and post to social meeting to try to attract new members.
  • Brad to draft high level document about LUTC’s views on infill and variances and discuss next meeting.
  • Discussed reaching out to our federal legislators about financing infill like RIP. Current shortcoming with bank regulations is that when someone goes to buy a property with an ADUs (or 2-4-plex), they either have to prove the ADU is income generating or just put up a lot more money which most probably don’t have. If banks allowed ADUs to be sold separately or to sell apartments, we might see more ADUs, duplexes, triplexes, and quads being built.

2021-04-12 LUTC Agenda

ENA Land Use and Transportation Committee Agenda

April 12th, 2021, 7:00-8:45 pm

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Agenda

  • 7:00 Open meeting, Welcome guests, Introductions (5 mins)
  • 7:05 Discuss agenda and accept any additions (5)
  • 7:10 Discuss draft of LUTC feedback framework (45)
  • 7:55 Discuss two recent demolition proposals and how we want to give feedback (20)
  • 8:15 Fremont Bridgehead Reclamation update (20)
  • 8:35 Approve past minutes (10)

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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.

Continue reading One Street, Five Generations and Infinite Life Lessons

Rally to Stop the Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion

The Eliot Neighborhood Association has opposed Oregon Department of Transportation’s plan to expand the I-5 through our neighborhood for over ten years. There are many issues with the project including it will worsen our already poor air quality, it will lead to more carbon emissions, it won’t meaningfully address traffic congestion, and there are poor returns on this almost a billion dollar investment. 

The Eliot Neighborhood Association is a plaintiff, along with No More Freeways and Neighbors for Clean Air, in a lawsuit against the project. The aim of the lawsuit is to force ODOT to prepare a full Environmental Impact Statement to study alternatives to adding more lanes to I-5.

Please come to a rally at Harriet Tubman Middle School Friday, April 9th at 5pm to learn more or support the cause. There will be speakers from Harriet Tubman Middle School, the Eliot Neighborhood Association, and Sunrise PDX (a local environmental group). 

Facebook Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/366551091129130

FAQ about the Freeway Expansion: https://nomorefreewayspdx.com/faqs/

Lawsuit Info: https://eliotneighborhood.org/2021/04/05/hey-odot-well-see-you-in-court/

Hey ODOT! We’ll see you in court.

No More Freeways

No More Freeways, Neighbors for Clean Air, Eliot Neighborhood Association file Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion lawsuit

Community advocates opposed to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT’s) proposed $800 million freeway expansion into the backyard of Harriet Tubman Middle School today announced that they have filed a lawsuit against the project. The plaintiff’s complaint uses various laws including the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) to try to force ODOT to prep a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study alternatives to adding more lanes to Interstate 5. Public health advocacy organization Neighbors for Clean Air and the Eliot Neighborhood Association joined the grassroots community group No More Freeways as plaintiffs against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which approved ODOT’s proposed Environmental Assessment (EA) last fall.

Our full NEPA complaint can be accessed here.

“Today is a historic day for anyone who believes that ODOT should be held to basic standards…

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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

Who pays property taxes and who does not? Land speculation has been hurting Eliot for generations

The Eliot neighborhood in 1937. Flint and Russell streets are noted and the area marked in black includes where Harriet Tubman Middle School is today and some of Legacy Emanuel property. Photo courtesy Portland Archives

The Eliot Neighborhood is a geographically unique neighborhood in Portland. Bounded geographically from the Willamette River to NE 7th Avenue and the Fremont Bridge/Fremont Street to N/NE Broadway Avenue, Eliot is shaped like a rectangle plus a triangle. While most current residents in Eliot live between N Vancouver and NE 7th, that was not always the case.

Continue reading Who pays property taxes and who does not? Land speculation has been hurting Eliot for generations

First Rose Lanes Painted in Eliot

The most progressive and potentially transformative transportation program in the City of Portland this century is a sneaky transit efficiency-boosting project called the Rose Lane Project. The goal of this project is to improve the speed of transit across the City. Many of the places where buses get most stuck in traffic are in central Portland, so you may have noticed some small upgrades already. Bus-only lanes heading towards the Steel Bridge on NW Everett Street were an early project that affects the #44, #4, and #35 routes that run through Eliot by serving as a northern extension of the Transit Mall into the Rose Quarter Transit Center.

Recently, the Rose Lanes have been painted in Southern Eliot along NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. The right lane of the road is now transit and right-turns only for several miles. I have been using this route a lot on my commute by bike and I have noticed that the road feels a bit tamer with a small portion of the street designated for transit instead of the entire road being for all vehicles. It does not appear that traffic has been slowed at all by this change. I look forward to more changes from this project. You can find out more information about this by looking up the Portland Rose Lane Project.

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.”

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

Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda 3/15/2021 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

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Agenda (subject to changes):

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Agenda Additions?
  • (PPB officer) Discussion of 2nd Dawson Park Shooting Death within a year
  • (State Senator Lew Frederick) Discussing the introduction of 2 Legislative Bills relating to reparations for slavery.
  • (Kira Smith, BES) Stormwater presentation: small grant program and native plant certificates
  • MOTION: ENA to sign on to No More Freeways litigation
  • MOTION: Write a letter of support for murals in Eliot
  • MOTION: approve minutes from January and February
  • (Sue) Any amendments for the Eliot Bylaws? Could vote on amendments in April if we are ready
  • (Vicki Guinn) Russell and Williams project update
  • Neighborhood updates
  • Public Comment
  • Adjourn

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