Watch This Space for a New Art Installation

By Sue Stringer and Mike Warwick

North Russell at MLK Blvd

Do you recognize this building? In the past years the ENA Board has talked about getting a mural or some art installed on this wall. It is where NE Russell Street ends on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Baileywick Properties is working on a new art installation on the building. Stay tuned for more details in the next issue.

Also, in our next issue, we will have a map of all the art and murals in the neighborhood. If you have a favorite mural, we’d like it if you could email a photo and location or just the intersection to news@eliotneighborhood.org and we’ll add it to the map.

Letter from an Eliot co-Chair

The beginning of the end of the pandemic. A return from social isolation. A year of protest. A year of reflection. America and more locally Eliot has a huge opportunity ahead of us. Things won’t be the same as they were in 2019, but the future is bright: vaccines are coming. While the rollout has been inequitable I am optimistic that the rate of vaccination is reaching an inflection point. Schools will reopen soon. Restaurants and in-person businesses will come back in the not too distant future. Masks might fall by the wayside as soon as this summer. I can’t wait.

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FREE Covid Vaccines (2nd dose AND 1st dose also available) Friday, June 18, 11am – 6pm for ages 12 and older

By Desiree S. – University Park resident and Vaccine Event Promoter/Organizer

FREE Covid vaccines are available for ages 12 and up.

This event is for anyone needing their 2nd dose who attended the event back in May. ALSO, anyone else needing their 1st or 2nd dose of the PFIZER Covid vaccine is invited to attend.

This event at Holy Redeemer School (cosponsored by Immunize Oregon, Legacy Health, and Holy Redeemer School) is open to the general public and for those who are eligible for their 1st or 2nd Pfizer Covid Vaccine, ages 12 and up. 


There are many appointments still available. Also, walk-ins are welcome. This is not just for North Portland residents, ANY eligible persons who are interested in attending are welcome.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could share with your neighbors by any means (social media, email, etc.) 

Thanks, in advance, for your time and consideration!

Place: Holy Redeemer School Gymnasium , 107 N Rosa Parks Way

Date: Friday, June 18

Time: 11 am – 6 pm

Schedule your vaccine: Click HERE

Smokin’ Fire Fish Saved by Collaboration with Tamale Boy in their Ghost Kitchen

Chris Cha, the owner of Smokin’ Fire Fish was almost put out of business because of COVID-19, but the king of collaboration and kindness, Jaime Soltero of Tamale Boy offered his take on a ghost kitchen at the 668 N Russell location.

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An Innovative Home Ownership Option

There isn’t anything about the building at 2021-2025 NE Rodney to indicate it is unconventional, but there is. It is the way the current owners financed its purchase for an affordable price and how that good fortune will be “paid forward.”

Typically, a home is purchased on a “fee simple” basis. You own the home, the land it sits on, and are free to do with it what you will – within the limits of local zoning and building regulations. One of the most important benefits of this form of ownership is that the owner is entitled to all profits upon the sale of the home.

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Boise Eliot Native Grove Update: Happy Sunny Day!

By Andrine and Howard de la Rocha

After our snowy and icy February, it looks as if spring is coming our way! We’ve used some of our Patron funding to acquire wood chips from ChipDrop, which were in abundance after the ice storm knocked so many branches and trees down. Thanks to New Seasons for donating cardboard for the sheet mulching. 

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FREE Covid-19 Vaccines Available Friday May 28 10 am – 5 pm for Ages 12 and Up

By Desiree S. – University Park resident and Vaccine Event Promoter/Organizer

Wanted to share with you all from a neighbor/friend’s suggestion to help spread the word. This event at Holy Redeemer School (cosponsored by Immunize Oregon, Legacy Health, and Holy Redeemer School) is open to the general public and for those who are eligible for their 1st or 2nd Pfizer Covid Vaccine, ages 12 and up. 


There are many appointments still available. Also walk-ins are welcome. Not just for North Portland residents, any eligible persons who are interested in attending.


We would greatly appreciate it if you could share with your neighbors by any means (social media, email, etc.) 
Thanks, in advance, for your time and consideration!

Place: Holy Redeemer School Gymnasium , 107 N Rosa Parks Way

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Schedule your vaccine: Click HERE


What’s So Scary about RIP?

Previous editions of the Eliot News have discussed Portland’s new, and novel, Residential Infill Project (RIP). On paper, it changes the zoning code to allow “higher” density development on what we normally consider single-family lots and associated neighborhoods. The objective is to address the “missing middle” of housing options between single-family homes and large apartment blocks by mixing other multi-family dwelling types amongst single-family homes. Two of the obvious examples of this are Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and “flag” lots, both of which incorporate new dwelling units on a single lot.

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Lonesome Pictopia – Modern Wallpaper with Historic, Botanical Flair

Does spring make you want to redecorate your house? Ever want to make your wall space pop with a design that speaks to you and honors the nature surrounding you? Melanie Nead accomplishes that with her company, Lonesome Pictopia. The custom wallpaper company has recently ramped up and the studio is in Lower Albina on N Russell Street.

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Environmental Services Offers Eliot Neighborhood Grants for Raingardens, Native Plants and More

By Kira Smith

Do you have an idea for a project that will improve your community and the environment?  Environmental Services has resources to help fund your ideas for planting trees and native plants in the households, businesses, non-profits, schools, and local places of worship that you are involved in within the Eliot Neighborhood.

Students from Boise-Eliot-Humboldt Elementary School installing native plants at the Boise-Eliot Native Garden on Earth Day 2018. Photo credit Brittany Quale

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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.

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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.

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