Category Archives: Crime prevention

Unapproved Mural to be Fined by City, Petition of Support Circulating

Last April the Union Market at corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Failing was repeatedly hit by taggers. As an aesthetically pleasing alternative, a mural was painted on a void green wall. The owners are now threatened with high civil penalties and monthly enforcement fees until they paint it over. If you like art in your neighborhood, stop by the Union Market 3837 NE MLK Jr Blvd and sign the petition (over 60 neighbors already did over the last two days.) Keep art in our lives.

Friends of Last Thursday to make changes to event

Changes in store for Last Thursday next year as recently released by FOLT:

New For Next Year:

Friends of Last Thursday has been working diligently to pay for the costs of the event and to minimize the impacts of 20,000 visitors to our district. We have come to realize that the only way to keep the event sustainable is to implement changes for nest year.


While it will remain FREE for all artists, crafters, creatives, musicians and performers, all other vendors will be charged a fee. This includes food vendors carrying a temporary or restaurant food license. This will give accountability to all vendors and repeat offenders will not be allowed to vend at Last Thursday.

One big problem is underage drinkers and the after hour violence from youth gangs.

before next season starts visit: for more info.

Regional Arts and Culture Council to consider King Park mural proposal

Regional Arts & Culture Council Meeting Notice

Meeting Name: Public Art Advisory Committee

Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Meeting Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: Regional Arts & Culture Council Board Room, 411 NW Park Avenue, Meeting Room A

The public is invited to attend and comment at this review of a mural by the Public Art Advisory Committee/Murals Committee of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.  Please reply to Cheryl Norton at if you will attend.

Notice of Review of Public Art Mural Application for: King School Park, 4906 NE 6th Avenue

The purposed mural at 4906 NE 6th Avenue is in the King School Park, and has been designed through listening sessions, suggestions and ideas from the community, King School students, parents, and the neighborhood association.  The mural design brings the vibrancy of Martin Luther King’s strength and ability to reach out,  with a meeting point for diversity, differences and interdependence.

Gathering of 100 Women this Saturday at First AME Zion Church

From Pastor J.W. Matt Hennessee of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church:

Good morning friends:

I’m sending this message on behalf of “Connected”, the group who has walked in Holladay Park since April of last year as a result of the loss of young brother Shiloh Hampton and the determination to do everything possible to reduce violence. This group is Co-Chaired by Brother John Canda and Elder Rob Richardson and I’m one of nine Board Members. Many people on this e-mail have walked with us or has had a desire to, but have not been able to make it. If you haven’t and wish to, feel free to meet us in Holladay Park or the Lloyd Center Food Court. We have two session times to walk from 30 minutes to an hour (your discretion) one starts at 4:30 PM and the other 6:00 PM each Friday. As we get further into Daylight Savings Time we may consider, as we did last year, making the second start time 8:00 PM. You don’t have to call anyone or e-mail ahead—just show up in either place on any given Friday. We committed ourselves to walk until God tells us not to. Next Friday marks a year since we started and I don’t see any signs we will be stopping soon. All glory to Him.

The North Precinct’s Command Staff of the Portland Police Bureau has lauded the work of “Connected”, often publicly, and states that among other things, our presence or “Ministry of Place”, has help reduce the amount of crime in the park by over 30% between 2011 and 2012.

In recent months there has been a clarion call about 100 women coming together along this same line, but an emphasis might be on supporting the needs of young women as they make healthier choices, need or desire mentoring, and help transforming their lives.

An initial meeting for 100 women is scheduled for this coming Saturday 11:30 AM-1:00 PM at First AME Zion Church on the corner of Skidmore and Vancouver Avenue. We realize there are a lot of functions going on these days, but there will never be a “best time” to schedule a meeting. So those that can make it, please do. A light lunch will be provided and you’re welcome to bring your children if you don’t have anyone to babysit them and/or it will prohibit your attendance.

We envision a sharing of the work we’ve been involved with, discussion you have about where you would like to see this gathering go, an ask from “Connected” about supporting the efforts underway, and direction you decide that day.

Many blessings to all of you,

Pastor H.

Meeting on 7-Eleven April 18th

Do you want a 7-Eleven in your neighborhood?

What do you want neighborhood revitalization to look like?

The King Neighborhood Association
Invites you to a meeting with representatives from 7-Eleven to discuss their proposal to build a store
at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd & Sumner.

Residents near the location have adamantly opposed construction of a 7-Eleven.

Our meeting will feature community speakers addressing issues of store-related crime, effects on local minority-owned businesses, an increase in traffic on a neighborhood residential street, what it means to have a chain store sited in an area zoned for the creation and promotion of locally-owned business, and the fact that 7-11 profits from addictive and poisonous products, at the expense of community and individual health & wellness.

Join us as neighbors working with neighbors for a healthy community.
Let 7-Eleven know what you think!

Wednesday, April 18th
6:30 – 8 pm
King Elementary School library
4906 NE 6th Avenue