HISTORY The vacant land bordering N. Russell, Williams and Vancouver streets on the Legacy Emanuel campus was once part of a thriving community called Albina that housed most African Americans in Portland and Oregon during the 1940s and 50s. Institutional racism made it illegal and difficult to own land as a minority. With few options beyond Portland’s least desirable areas, African Americans primarily settled in the city’s northeast quadrant.
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At 25 N Fremont, just north of New Seasons, sits a new sandwich shop with something for everyone. Better Half Sandwiches recently opened by first-time restaurant owners Alan Osborn and Kelly Haarsager. Alan grew up in Portland and Kelly moved here from Austin, Texas. The couple first met working at Whole Foods and both have experience in the restaurant industry and grocery retail.
Project Description: Volunteer to help clean up the neighborhood surrounding Legacy and Randall medical centers. Both facilities are nestled in the Eliot Neighborhood, including nearby Dawson Park, Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church, and many historical homes and small businesses.
We have priority areas for clean-up. When you a finished, you will drop off your bagged litter in dumpsters at the Legacy Emanuel registration area.
Pre-registration required: Staff, physicians, family (13 and up) friends are welcome. No experience necessary. Many hands make light work. Use the link above to register.
Meeting and registration location: 2801 N. Gantenbein, main entrance of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
Staggered check-in: To avoid a crowd, check-in is between 9:30 am and 10 am.
Free parking: on street or parking structure across from the main entrance.
Bathrooms: portable restrooms are available (ADA accessible). The clean-up is ADA assessable. It’s throughout the neighborhood, walking on sidewalks.
What’s provided: heavy-duty garbage bags, litter grabbers, high-vis vests, and gloves are provided to all volunteers who need them.
What to bring: Bring water, snacks. There will be some water and snacks at the Legacy Emanuel registration area. COVID-19
Safety: Please come wearing a mask. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A MASK ON TO PARTICIPATE.
Age: Youth 13 years and up with an adult. All participants must register and sign a waiver form (you’ll see this when you click the link)
What to wear: comfortable walking shoes, bring gloves if you have them. Dress for the weather.
Supplies: we will supply vests, gloves (or you can bring your own), bags, and tool for picking up garbage.
Contacts: Vicki Guinn and Linda Stanford: firstname.lastname@example.org or Lstanford@lhs.org
Ahhh… Spring! Not many 6-letter words evoke as much joy and promise. It certainly was a long, cold, challenging winter, and picking up bag after bag of garbage isn’t particularly fun – not when it’s 35 degrees of rain, sleet, and wind…but like the postal service, the Eliot Adopt-a-Block gang persevered. Hard work, but the results are oh, so worth it when you walk down a sidewalk or street and don’t have to step over broken glass, tossed fast-food cups, straws, and wrappers, cigarette butts, abandoned face masks and, well…you get the picture.
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.
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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).
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.
Debora from Red Cross
Ali Sadri from Legacy
Thomasina Gabriele from Legacy
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.
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.
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).
In our fall issue, we reported on the Knott Street Boxing Club that normally works out at the Matt Dishman Community Center. However, because of Covid, the center is closed and the boxing club had to relocate for its workouts and training sessions. Stanley Dunn, both trainer and mentor, has dedicated numerous hours to the kids that are part of the club. They are now training at the Vancouver Avenue side of Dawson Park in the covered area.
The Knott Street Boxing Club has been around for a long time. According to its Facebook page, “It was once a top boxing club in the nation and produced championship level fighters. It has remained a solid community club in a neighborhood that has gone through a lot of changes. Boxing gyms are often recognized for helping to keep kids out of trouble by giving them a place to go and teaching them the value of discipline and hard work.”
Currently, the club needs equipment like a heavy bag and is saving up for a van to transport equipment to the park and drive the boxers to tournaments when they are able to participate in those events again. There is a new Go Fund Me page to make donations and any amount is greatly appreciated.
One day this fall, the club, and also Stanley, got a big surprise. A film crew and reporter from KPTV were interviewing Stanley about the club and, unbeknownst to him, this was more than just an interview. The Les Schwab Surprise Squad arrived on the scene and presented the Knott Street Boxing Club with some much-needed equipment and a check for $2000. Stanley was so surprised and grateful. Check out the video here.
Hopefully, with the help of Portland residents, that van that they are saving up for will be acquired in the not too distant future.
You can help out now! On January 1st from 7 am – 1 pm TwentySix Cafe is holding a fundraiser for the Knott Street Boxing Club. Stop by, grab a coffee or tea and chip in to help out the club and the kids.