Comp Plan Zoning Revisions Favors Developers

By Don MacGillivray   As Portland’s Comprehensive Plan nears completion, zoning code revisions are being seriously considered. The Mixed Use Zoning Project will propose new zones and regulations for commercial and mixed use development intended to improve height transitions adjoining lower density residential areas, address the scale and mass of […]

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MTNA Continues to Appeal PWB’s Aggressive Reservoir Treatment

By Midge Pierce With a December 2015 deadline looming to decommission the City’s open air reservoirs, Portland Water Bureau  (PWB) filed a land use appeal with City Council objecting to conditions of the Historic Landmarks Commission’s recent approval of a construction permit to divert  Portland’s drinking water from Mt. Tabor’s […]

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East/West Reservoirs – Tale of Two Cities

By Midge Pierce SE residents sometimes feel as if there are two Portlands. When it comes to concerns about decommissioning the City’s open air reservoirs, citizens feel that the West Side’s Washington Park reservoirs received preferential treatment. On the West Side, a substantial amount of funding will be earmarked to […]

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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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