Thorns and Roses on 82nd

By Don MacGillivray   82nd Avenue is growing into its new name, the Avenue of Roses, but it remains a congested, auto-centric five-lane highway to those that use it. Pedestrians die at the rate of one a year or more,  the highest in Portland. There have been 2747 reported crashes [...]

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Gordon Lee works on Tuesday night

Gorden Lee Photo by ©2012 Steve Anchell Photography

By J. Michael Kearsey   Gordon Lee is building a chicken wire protector filled with leaves from the backyard of his Sunnyside house. As the cold spell set in, he is serious about saving his banana tree. “I don’t do much out here, but I am going to save this [...]

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Updated Mixed Use Zones in Development

by Colin Staub   The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is in the midst of a project that will alter Portland’s Commercial and Central Employment zoning codes. The city’s current zoning codes were written twenty years ago, when Portland was focused on more auto-centric and smaller commercial planning. That has [...]

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SE Uplift December E-News

SE Uplift December E-News

PROJECT INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH Neighborhood Small Grants We Are Public Housing, a project by the Center for Urban Pedagogy, aimed to improve the New York City Housing Authority’s accountability and increase resident participation through education and a strong call to action. They created a pamphlet for use during door-to-door outreach with [...]

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New mural on Division

Detail from Division St. mural by Jeff Jacobson

Jeff “Weirdo” Jacobson is a leading force in the urban art scene in Seattle and his new work is in SE Portland. He has transformed Artifact Creative Recycle’s once nondescript alleyway into a striking, colorful mural at 3630 SE Division St. See more of his work at www.weirdocult.com.  

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Update on Mt. Tabor Disconnect

By Midge Pierce   A last ditch campaign to save Portland’s iconic Mt. Tabor reservoirs is emerging from outer SE citizens who lobbied successfully against fluoridation. At a recent Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association meeting, a handful of diehard water watchdogs from neighborhoods as far away as Park Rose, called for [...]

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