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Washington High Transforms

Washington High School view from SE 12th Ave.

By J. Michael Kearsey   The towering columns that face west toward the river, give a glimpse into the history of Washington High School, set on SE Stark and 14th St. The building, currently in an exciting and massive rehab, was reconstructed following a fire that destroyed the original East [...]

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Portland Comprehensive Plan Breeds Realists

By Karen Hery   Change is hard for businesses and residents who want to make the most of the inner city. Not changing the looks of the place is even harder. City staffers, long time community volunteers and stakeholders large and small have been poring over maps and statistics, responding [...]

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City Council Addresses Residential Demolition

By Midge Pierce   With its adoption of an interim building code amendment last month, City Council took baby steps toward addressing outrage over Portland’s demolition epidemic. The ordinance, which will require notice and delay for all single family residence demolitions, is a compromise that swaps 120-day potential extensions for [...]

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Challenges Facing our Seniors

By  Don MacGillivray   Every day 10,000 people in the United States turn 65 and Oregon is seeing a migration of seniors from all over the nation. 52% of seniors are economically insecure. Almost half own their own homes and many still have mortgages. Many over 65 already have chronic [...]

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Reservoir Disconnect Terms require MTNA Fundraising

By Midge Pierce   Diversion of Portland’s drinking water from the Mt. Tabor Reservoirs moved closer to actualization with the Historic Landmarks Commission’s (HLC)  recent turnabout to conditionally approve the Portland Water Bureau’s reservoir disconnection application. Now, to amp up its efforts to fully protect the basins’ structural and historic [...]

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South Tabor March 2015

By Rose Hart   Save these dates! Saturday, May 23, from 9 am to 1 am, join your fellow neighbors at the South Tabor Neighborhood Cleanup at Trinity Church, at 2700 SE 67th Ave. Household items, mixed waste, metal, plastics, bikes, styrofoam, and reusable appliances will be accepted. There will [...]

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Kerns March 2015

By Heather Waisanen     The Kerns Neighborhood Association (KNA) is busy planning events for the next several months. We have monthly meetings about issues around the neighborhood and are planning the Spring Clean Up Saturday, April 18 and our summer Movie in the Park (date TBD). Residents, landowners, business owners [...]

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Talking about technology

By Nancy Tannler   The Belmont Library recently invited the public to attend a TED talk with a group discussion afterwards. The TED talk presenter was Sherry Turkle, an MIT technology and society specialist. Her recent book “Alone Together” was compiled from information gathered over the past fifteen years exploring [...]

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Affordable housing dilemmas

By Don MacGillivray   An estimation by federal housing and census report that the need for low-income housing is between 20,000 and 22,000 units.  If people cannot afford housing they will be homeless. What is affordable housing? In the 1950s, housing cost 25% of a families income. In the 1980s [...]

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Sustainable lumber business moves to new location

Left to right: Ian, Terry, Tamra, Ryan and Mike

By Michelle Frost   Sustainable Northwest WOOD is the for-profit branch of the parent company, Sustainable Northwest. Established in 2008,  they work to bring together people, ideas, and innovation so nature, local economies, and rural communities can all thrive. WOOD supports the non-profit effort to grow the lumber business in [...]

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