System Development Charges – For Better or Worse

By Don MacGillivray   Livability is important when businesses decide to locate or relocate. System Development Charges (SDC’s) help maintain Portland’s quality of life as city infrastructure grows. Most people have heard of System Development Charges or Impact Fees, but few know what they are and how they work. If [...]

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Inner City Industrial Sanctuary in Jeopardy

by Karen Hery     The words sanctuary and industrial wouldn’t come up in the same sentence in most parts of Portland. If you spend time around Mike Redmond of Creative Woodworking Northwest and his neighbors, you’ll hear all about Portland’s industrial sanctuary and what it could mean if the [...]

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Save Our Elms Fundraiser

Save Our Elms Fundraiser

By Robin Corrigan   “Fall for Elms,” is the fundraiser Saturday, September 20 at the Jagger House, 609 SE 16th Ave. from 4 to 8 pm. The recently-restored Jagger House near the North Rose Garden in historic Ladd’s Addition is the feature, to raise money to help Save Our Elms’ [...]

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Dual Issues Impact Park

By Midge Pierce   A citizens task force that met frequently this summer with engineers from the Portland Water Bureau reports the final plan application has not yet been filed for Mt. Tabor reservoir disconnect and multi-year, multi-million dollar pipe removal and construction project. The task force appointed by MTNA [...]

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Deciding City Parks Funding

By Don MacGillivray   Comprehensive is not a meaningful enough term for the all encompassing qualities of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Portland voters will decide in November whether the city’s park system deserves the continuation of a $68 million bond for much needed repairs and other capital costs. The measure [...]

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Options to Raise Revenues for Street Maintenance

By Don MacGillivray   Transportation funding has long been an important issue in Portland. Our streets are deteriorating under the pressure of weather, age and normal use. At the same time, the City’s resources for addressing this issue is declining. In the 1990’s, property taxes were reduced in Oregon, making [...]

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