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The Human Cost of the I-5 Widening Project

The State and Regional governments renewed their commitment to the community destroying I-5 project by accepting the Transportation Department’s (ODOT) Environmental Assessment (EA).  To recap, ODOT, with the support of State leaders, intends to increase travel lanes in the Rose Quarter to eliminate the current lane-change bottleneck.  ODOT has tried to justify a project likely to cost a Billion dollars (!) for multiple reasons but has settled on “accident prevention.”  In so doing it can claim the additional lanes will not increase traffic volumes or speeds.  What it will do is make it easier for truck traffic from Lower Albina to merge onto I-5 and for all trucks to switch lanes to and from I-84 and I-405.  In other words, they claim commuters won’t benefit from time savings but lane changers will have fewer accidents.  Most of these claims have been either proven false or dependent on false assumptions.

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2021-03-09 LUTC Minutes from end of 2020

November 2020

Attendees:

  • Brad 
  • Allan
  • Kathryn
  • Andrew C
  • Harrison O
  • Scott B, PBOT Traffic Engineer

Minutes:

  • Discussed ways to mitigate speeding on NE Stanton including speed bumps and diverters
  • Folks on call were interested in diverter. We discussed doing outreach with the churches to ensure they were in favor.

December 2020

Attendees:

  • Brad 
  • Allan
  • Phil
  • Debora from Red Cross
  • Ali Sadri from Legacy
  • Thomasina Gabriele from Legacy

Minutes:

  • Discussed rezoning of 2800 N Vancouver. Ali seemed to be okay with rezoning the lot which was different from what Allan had heard in a meeting with Legacy’s PR person. Ali is going to connect with Legacy’s PR person. 
  • Discussed mitigation plan from Legacy. It is going to expire in 2025 and won’t be needed with the new Institutional zoning.
  • No new developments planned at Legacy for now, just finishing their existing projects.
  • Discussed ways Red Cross and Emanual could potentially work together
  • Discussed wanting to bring someone from the city to an LUTC meeting to talk about all the underutilized land they’re holding onto in the neighborhood.

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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Eliot Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Agenda 2/15/2021 7:00pm

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Wilson and Allan Rudwick

Monday, February 15 7:00-8:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting (phone instructions at bottom)

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Agenda Additions?
  • (State Senator Lew Frederick) Discussing the introduction of 2 Legislative Bills relating to reparations for slavery.
  • Neighborhood updates
  • Public Comment
  • Adjourn

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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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Compassion Connect and Emmanuel Church Offer a Free Health Clinic 2/13/21

On February 13 from 10 am – 2 pm, Emmanuel Church will be hosting a Free Health Clinic with our partners Compassion Connect. We are asking everyone to help us to spread the word amongst your family, friends, community, and network. Emmanuel Church is located at 1033 N Sumner Street and is on bus line 72.

They are also seeking health related service providers who are interested in tabling at the event and also volunteers who would be interested in volunteering their services for this event. If you are interested or know someone who would be interested in tabling or volunteering you can have them to contact Shannon Olive via email before next Thursday, Feb. 11th.

They are also seeking dental services, so if you know of any agency or provider who would be interested in providing their services to our guests at the event please let Shannon know. Attached is a flier to help to get the word out. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask and reach out to Shannon Olive via email.

This free clinic is not for emergency care and if you have any Covid symptoms or have been exposed to Covid, please do not attend this event.

Shannon Olive
Emmanuel Church
Community Resource Liaison
503-875-1725 cell
communityresources@emmanuelpdx.com