Underlying tensions surface at RNA election

By Nancy Tannler Portland’s Neighborhood Associations (NAs) are a microcosm of government. They are one of the first places a person can turn to if they need help solving a neighborhood problem. Others become involved because they  feel a social responsibility. They are a unique institution that not every city […]

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Portland City Council approves pilot deconstruction program

On June 3, Portland City Council unanimously approved a resolution instructing the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to establish a pilot program to advance deconstruction (disassembly of structures) in order to salvage materials for reuse. Mayor Hales said that Council is committed to moving fast on this issue. He reiterated […]

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A Solution for Affordable Housing Advances

By Don MacGillivray As housing rents grow at rates faster than inflation those without income or housing have few choices. A structural budget gap exists between the city’s affordable housing goals and the available funding to implement them. Communities of color continue to experience lower median income levels than that […]

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R2D2 On the Move

By Nancy Tannler A meeting of SE Uplift board members and local citizens  quickly convened to discuss Mayor Hales proposal to move the Right 2 Dream Too (R2D2), a nonprofit organization, camp to the Central east side. Board members were under the assumption that a decision about the location of […]

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Citizens Stand Firm as PWB Bulldozes Ahead

By Midge Pierce By the time you read this, the fate of the Mt. Tabor Reservoirs will either be sealed or entering the most intensive, expensive round of legal machinations yet. Depending on the outcome of a May 28 City Council appeal hearing on construction to disconnect the reservoirs from city […]

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Toxic Air in the Rose City

By Stephyn Quirke For nearly 100 years, residents in Southeast Portland have fought the Brooklyn rail yard. In 1924 several residents complained that the noise of train assemblies was waking them up in the night and interfering with the enjoyment of their property, and sued the Southern Pacific railroad, which […]

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