Soul District Discount Buck: Shop small, and Localize this Holiday Season

Soul District Discount Buck
Shop small and Localize this Holiday Season




Beginning Nov. 29th, if you spend $25 at participating Soul District Business you’ll receive a Soul District Holiday Buck worth 10% off. This buck is redeemable at another local participating business.  Let’s boost our Soul District’s economy by circulating our dollars within our community this holiday season!  Soul District Bucks are available at participating retail locations. For a current list of participants visit

  Current participants include:

The Leotard
2432 NE MLK Jr. BlvdGoldrush Coffee Bar
2601 NE MLK

Queen of Sheba
2413 NE MLK Jr. Blvd

Local Lounge
3536 NE MLK JR BlvdEthnic Expressions
3609 NE MLK Blvd

Champions Barbershop
3827 NE MLK JR Blvd

Touch of Urban Apparel
2861NE MLK JR Blvd

In Other Words,
Feminist community center
14 North Killingsworth

JP Custom Framing
418 NE Killingsworth

Also redeemable at the
Soul District Bazaar – – – see below!

Soul District Holiday
Bazaar & Gospel Sounds
Dec 6 & 7

Featuring live gospel sounds & entertainment, up to 20 unique vendors will sell and display their services and wares alongside of some unique Soul District Branding items.
Complete with :


Continue reading

‘Christmas Carol’ returns to Portland Playhouse this December

Christmas Carol

December 3-28th, at Portland Playhouse: Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Directed by Cristi Miles

Dickens’ classic ghost story returns after last year’s success in attracting a large, diverse, and enthusiastic neighborhood audience. This homemade, holiday treat that invokes the beauty of second chances will charm you in with what Portland Monthly called “an immersive musical wonderland that embodies the holiday spirit.” Join us for an authentic, music-filled journey to nineteenth-century London, in which greedy Scrooge learns his lesson and Tiny Tim has the last word.

Adaptation and original lyrics by Rick Lombardo
Original music by Anna Lackaff and Rick Lombardo
Music arrangements by Anna Lackaff

Ticket info here.


Team Leaders for the Tree Inventory at King – Summer 2015

EMinventory“I learned to identify trees, I participated in an activity in my neighborhood that gave me increased connections both to the physical environment and people in my neighborhood, I enjoyed every minute, and I learned about resources in Portland that are related to parks, trees, and environmental improvement.”

Walking around your neighborhood, do you see spaces to plant a tree, street trees in need of maintenance, and neighbors who are concerned about their trees but don’t know where to begin? Through the Tree Inventory Project, Urban Forestry is helping Portlanders take action to improve their community’s street trees, one neighborhood at a time.

The Tree Inventory Project began with a pilot neighborhood street tree inventory in 2010. Since then, the project has grown in leaps and bounds, and 17 neighborhoods have partnered with Urban Forestry so far to inventory street trees and create action-oriented neighborhood tree management plans. To date, volunteers have identified, measured, and mapped 70,000 street trees!

Active neighborhood groups interested in trees begin by gathering volunteers to help conduct a street tree inventory. Volunteers are guided by Urban Forestry staff, who provide training, tools, and event organization. Together, information is collected on tree species, size, health, site conditions, and available planting spaces. Data are analyzed by Urban Forestry staff, and findings are presented to neighborhood stakeholders at an annual Tree Summit  at the end of the season in November. At the summit, neighborhood groups begin developing tree plans: They form a working neighborhood tree group and set achievable strategies to improve existing trees, expand tree canopy, and connect the neighborhood with city and nonprofit resources. The resulting Neighborhood Tree Plan is based on the current status and health of neighborhood street trees and provides recommendations for specific neighborhood actions to improve canopy. In the past, neighborhood groups have organized pruning workshops, secured funding to widen small planting strips, and planted street trees.

More than just producing data and a tree plan, this project brings communities together. Participating in the tree inventory project is a great way to meet your neighbors and connect with others who value our green resources!

Please contact if you are interested in participate.

Continue reading

KNA letter to Majestic Realty (developer at empty Vanport lot), issued 11/10.


November 10, 2014


Phillip Brown

Majestic Realty

13191 Crossroads Parkway North, Sixth Floor

City of Industry, CA 91746


Dear Mr. Brown,

I write today on behalf of the King Neighborhood Association regarding your proposed design for the development of the lot at the Northwest corner of NE Alberta Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Development on this lot presents an exciting opportunity to enhance the livability of our neighborhood. While we are pleased that you so quickly secured another potential grocer to serve as your anchor tenant, we have concerns regarding the design plans proposed at the Portland Development Commission’s Martin Luther King Jr Alberta Project Working Group.

The proposed design plan does not activate the corner of NE Alberta Street and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The main entry should be on NE Alberta Street. The entrance in your design is currently placed to face the parking lot, while the walls of the back end of the store present to the street corner. This orientation values car traffic in a manner that is inconsistent with the character of NE Alberta Street and fails to activate this bustling corner. If your anchor tenant’s business model is not adaptable to this setting, perhaps you could carve out space along Alberta for smaller tenants who are able to make better use of orientation to the street.


Proper activation of NE Alberta also involves windows. There should be windows along NE Alberta Street looking into active interior spaces of the business (es). Windows along Martin Luther King Jr Blvd should be clear and should look into the store(s); signs, advertisements, etc should not obscure them. This welcoming feature continues the existing character of NE Alberta Street, fosters safety on the sidewalk, and intimately advertises the business. Walls that have no windows or doors should appear consistent with the feel of a neighborhood where commercial development meets residential use. As one neighbor said of a blank wall, “make it interesting.”


We are eager to see a healthy exchange of foot traffic between all three buildings on the two lots. The design of the existing Vanport structures anticipates pedestrian traffic, and the final phase of the project should support that goal.


Development on the lot will subject the four existing homes on the Northwest corner to significant pollutions, including the following: light from the parking lot, headlights, and buildings; noise from customers, deliveries, trash pick up, etc.; trash from littering and inadvertent trash container leakage; rodents attracted by trash, recycling, and accidental spills. We ask that you protect these homes from the effects of this pollution, using landscaping, sensitive scheduling of noisy truck interactions (trash, deliveries), as well as thoughtful placement of these activities. For example, we ask that you not place trash bins along the property line with these houses.

Continue reading

Agenda for this Wednesday’s KNA meeting.

KNA logo

King Neighborhood Association General Meeting

at the King Neighborhood Facility, 4815 NE 7th Avenue


Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm



Draft Agenda
6:30    Welcome and introductions.


6:35     Approval of minutes and agenda (Margo).


6:40   United Neighborhoods for Reform (UNR) resolution (Margaret Davis).


7:10   Tree Inventory Project (Elizabeth Specht).


7:15   St. Andrews Nativity School’s Nativity Nosh –a Community Kitchen (Julia Ford)


7:25   Proposed Portland street fees.


7:45     KNA Land Use Committee update, including update from the Vanport/Alberta & MLK working group meetings (Leigh and Margo).


8:00   Green King update (Diego).


8:10   Safety in King update (Eileen).


8:15   Requests to use space in King school for public meetings by other organizations, including ADU tour and CURB PDX/Restore 3962 (Margo, Alan).


8:20   King NA communications plan (tentative) (Margo).


8:25   Floor open to announcements from all in attendance.


8:30   Adjourn.