Letter in support of preserving the building at 3962 NE MLK.

July 16, 2014

To: Andre Raiford, Owner of 3962 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

Mr. Raiford,

The members of the King Neighborhood Association endorse the community undertaking to preserve the building located at 3962 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.  The history of the building itself, as well as its status as a symbol of African-American experience in the Albina area, make it well worth preserving. Preliminary plans to include 3962 NE MLK in an African-American historic resource survey reflect the importance of this site to the community’s memory, as well as its present-day experience. Continue reading

King NA letter to the state re: oil train tranports

Governor John Kitzhaber                                        Senator Jeff Merkley

160 State Capitol                                                     121 SW Salmon STreet #1400

Salem, Oregon 97301                                              Portland, Oregon 97204


Senator Ron Wyden

911 NE 11th Avenue suite 630

Portland, Oregon 97232


July 17, 2014


Re: Request for Statewide Moratorium on Oil Train Transport

We are expressing the deep concern of King Neighborhood Association about the threat to life, safety and the environment due to accidents, potential spills and explosions posed by oil trains. We urge the Oregon Governor to recommend against the siting of oil terminals in our state; and urge Congress, the State Legislature, and regulators to adopt laws and regulations to increase the safety of the transportation of crude oil. Continue reading

Inspiring Dreamers, & Calling all Runners & Volunteers! MLK Dream Run is August 2nd & 3rd!

The Spirit of Portland Award Winning


Event Dates/Times

* Saturday August 2, 2014 5pm-9pm: “Taste of the Dream”  Our pre-race kickoff and community celebration.
* Sunday August 3, 2014 6:00 am-noon: The MLK Dream Run-5k,10k & 15K race and Award Ceremony

All events held at the Vanport lot, MLK & NE Alberta


 Saturday, August 2nd, 5-9 pm, at the Vanport Lot at MLK & Alberta
Featuring “Taste of the Dream” as our Pre-race Kickoff Celebration

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Good videos, articles and books to learn about our neighborhood history

NE Union Avenue (Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) at Alberta ca. 1939


Albina – A New Home in Portland. The Volga Germans in Portland.

Vanport, Oregon (1942 – 1948). BlackPast.org.

Bleeding Albina: A History of Community Disinvestment, 1940-2000. Dr. Karen Gibson, Portland State University. 2007

Albina Community Plan. Portland Bureau of Planning. 1993.

The History of Portland’s African American Community (1805 to the Present). Portland Bureau of Planning. 1993.

King, Portland, Oregon. A Neighborhood in Transition. Edward J. SanFilippo. University of Pittsburgh. 2011 Continue reading

King NA general meeting: this Wednesday evening!

King Neighborhood Association general meeting ~ agenda

July 9, 2014, at 6:30 pm ~ 4815 NE 7th Ave

6:30    Welcome and introductions; approval of minutes and agenda; announcements.

6:45   Discussion of and vote on new governing by-laws for King NA.

7:00    Update from the Portland Police Bureau; Safeway area clean-up and safety discussion.

7:20    Rodney Bikeways Project.

7:35    NA Communications update.

7:45    Schools committee; affordable housing update.

7:50     Request for endorsement of preservation efforts of ‘Burger Barn’ building.

8:00     Call for moratorium of train delivery of oil through Portland.

8:10     Green King update.

8:20     Adjourn.

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We will be collecting for the Portland Food Project – please bring dry food donations!