We Can’t Stand By While Highways Are Widened

How I-5 was planned and built through Eliot in the 1950s and why we should not widen it At a recent meeting, my Co-chair, Jimmy Wilson, asked me a pertinent question: “Where were white folks standing when Interstate-5 (I-5) was run through North Portland in the 1950’s?”  I decided to dig through archives to find … Continue reading We Can’t Stand By While Highways Are Widened

Origin of Gentrification in Eliot

Board Co-Chair Wilson’s heartfelt article in the last issue encouraged me to provide more perspective on his, and our neighborhood’s, experience with gentrification.  Docks, railyards, and industries in Lower Eliot (now Lower Albina) provided jobs and Upper Albina (now Eliot’s residential area) provided housing for successions of groups seeking either, or both, refuge and a … Continue reading Origin of Gentrification in Eliot

Eliot Neighborhood Association Minutes February 17, 2020

In the Saint Philip the Deacon Church, 120 NE Knott St, Portland, OR 97212 Board Members Present Jimmy Wilson – Co-Chair Allan Rudwick, Co-Chair   Jennifer Wilcox – Recorder Susan Stringer – Newsletter Editor Jim Hlava – Treasurer – Shireen Hasan – Community Outreach – Jere Fitterman    Jonathan Konkol    Sherry Staggs   Board Members Absent Darren Holcomb    … Continue reading Eliot Neighborhood Association Minutes February 17, 2020

CLT in the City: Using Cross-Laminated Timber for Infill Housing

My wife and I have provided rental housing in Eliot ever since we moved here 40 plus years ago.  Our intent then, as now, was to preserve Eliot’s older buildings threatened with demolition by developers who were, at best, clueless about the neighborhood’s origins and history.  One of these homes was at 19 NE Morris … Continue reading CLT in the City: Using Cross-Laminated Timber for Infill Housing

Allen Flowers Houses – Lost to Development… Score Another Point for Cars

By Monique Gaskins Until last summer, two Victorian houses, both built by a Black family, stood near the southern border of the Eliot neighborhood. Allen and Louisa Flowers built and owned these houses, which may have been the oldest standing houses built by Black people in Portland. The buildings had initially been part of a … Continue reading Allen Flowers Houses – Lost to Development… Score Another Point for Cars

The Loss of the Allen Flowers Houses: The Oldest Black-Built Known in Portland

There were three small old houses inside our wonderful Eliot neighborhood that were demolished quickly last fall in a peculiar quiet fashion and not to the notice of most of our residents.  Well, this rapid and hasty act appears to be deliberate and turns out to be a tragedy for our neighborhood and diverse cultural … Continue reading The Loss of the Allen Flowers Houses: The Oldest Black-Built Known in Portland

Joseph M. Manning Cottage: Historic Home on the Move… Hopefully

Another historic home may be on the move in Eliot soon.  The property at 2316 N Vancouver has been sold and the Joseph M. Manning Cottage is slated for demolition unless it can be moved soon. The developer is open to the idea of moving the house and a few people who have an interest … Continue reading Joseph M. Manning Cottage: Historic Home on the Move… Hopefully

The I-5 Thorn in the Rose Quarter

By Ruth Eddy On a rainy Saturday in October 1966, Governor Mark Hatfield presided over a ceremony celebrating the completion of Interstate-5 through the state of Oregon. Construction of the Marquam Bridge had just finished, the final piece of a 308 mile stretch of a highway that cost $300 million and would prove its role … Continue reading The I-5 Thorn in the Rose Quarter

Microcosm Supports Kickstarter’s Union

Microcosm, a publisher and retailer located on North Williams, drew national attention last fall for their principled stance on working with companies with anti-union practices. Microcosm routinely uses Kickstarter’s crowdfunding platform to offer pre-orders on upcoming titles. Joe Biel, the founder of Microcosm, explained that the publisher “…uses Kickstarter to promote our books to new … Continue reading Microcosm Supports Kickstarter’s Union

Albina Rail Yard Relocation

By Monique Gaskins If any city’s residents stick around for a while, they are likely to witness some sort of transformation. During Portland’s history, the city’s boundaries have physically changed, absorbing neighboring cities, like Albina, into the fold. Portland’s demographics and key industries have also shifted over the years. In previous versions of Portland, residents … Continue reading Albina Rail Yard Relocation

Letter from the LUTC ViceChair: City’s New Code Change Could Be a Game Changer for Neighborhood Associations

By Jonathan Konkol The city of Portland is divided into 94 neighborhoods. Each, including Eliot, is represented by a volunteer board made up of people who live and/or work in the neighborhood. While neighbors have always organized with each other to gain strength in numbers when dealing with city government and supporting each other, City … Continue reading Letter from the LUTC ViceChair: City’s New Code Change Could Be a Game Changer for Neighborhood Associations