Category Archives: livability

Portland’s mayor calls for BPS to study development, infill in neighborhoods.


Mayor Hales is seeking your support for his proposed budget request to fund a comprehensive review and update of the City’s single-dwelling zone development standards.

Mayor Hales has directed the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability to conduct this review. Responsive to neighborhood concerns about the compatibility of new development, the 18 month project will include:


  1. Evaluation of how the scale and pattern of single family development varies across neighborhoods.


  1. Proposals for changes to zoning code provisions that affect scale and design of new single-family dwellings:
  • lot coverage,
  • height,
  • setbacks, and
  • required rear yard area.


  1. Update to rules and policies related to infill development on “skinny” lots.


  1. Update to rules to increase the types of infill units in single-dwelling zones to allow more households and a greater range of incomes to find housing in single family neighborhoods.  This includes allowing flexibility that encourages innovative housing types and development.


  1. Evaluation of these proposals in terms of impact on housing supply, housing cost and development economics.


You may voice your support for funding this project in several ways:


  1. Contact Commissioner offices to share your support.


  1. Testify at the May 20 City Council budget public hearing at 6:30PM here in Council Chambers at City Hall.


  1. Letters to the editor of local media


We look forward to your engagement throughout the length of this project.


Matthew Robinson

Policy Analyst

Office of Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland


This week: King NA meeting, and our neighborhood clean-up!


On Wednesday, King NA’s monthly meeting happens, 6:30 pm,

at the offices of NECN, 4815 NE  7th.

This month’s meeting agenda:

introductions (5 mins)

fiscal sponsorship agreement (5 mins)

elections: Co-Chair, Treasurer, At-Large positions 2 and 4 (5 mins)

presentation re inclusionary zoning: Jon Ostar from Opal (20 mins)

tree inventory update (5 mins)

vote re bike parade budget (5 mins)

tree of merit (5 mins)

discussion regarding strategic planning: identifying priorities for the next 1 – 2 years (40 mins)

 Neighborhood Clean-up
Saturday, May 16th ~~ 9 am – 1 pm
                                            449 NE Emerson (N. Police Precinct Parking Lot)

Sponsored by the King Neighborhood Association
$5 – $25 based on size
Clean out your house and meet your neighbors! For a small donation, KNA will take your junk to the dump and recycling centers. We will also have a selection of re-usable items available for free in our swap corner. Accepted materials include:
-unwanted household goods such as mattresses, bikes, furniture, etc.

-e-waste (appliances/electronics)

-used batteries
-recyclable plastics
-reusable items
-scrap metal
-tires ($2/each and limit 4 per household)
Note: we cannot accept hazardous waste, medications, or yard debris

Aging in Place: learn more about North Star Village, & the local Village Movement.


Remain in Your Home as You Age

with Support from an Aging-In-Place Village



If you are interested in remaining in your home as you age, now is the time to start planning. Whether you are a home owner, renter, share housing with family or others, the Village may be just what you’re looking for.


North Star Village is hosting Village at Home talks introducing the local Village Movement and how Villages support folks to remain in the homes they love and the familiar neighborhoods they cherish. It’s called “aging in place” and is a national movement responding to the need for services so folks can age comfortably and safely at home.


Invite your neighbors, friends, co-workers and reserve your seat for one of these living room talks:

Saturday May 9                           Saturday, May 30                  Saturday, June 6
2:00 – 4:00 pm                              2:00 – 4:00 pm                        2:00 – 4:00 pm

Find out what North Star Village will offer and how you can join others to shape the services and programs of our own virtual village.

Space is limited!  Call 503.978.0540 or go to to reserve your place and receive the location.

“Northeast Passage”- movie night at NECN, March 4th.

Movie night with North & Northeast Neighbors for Housing Affordability


Featuring “Northeast Passage: The Inner City and the American Dream”

Directed by Spencer Wolf and Cornelius Swart

“Neighborhoods besieged by discrimination, neglect and crime frequently welcome any change that seems to be for the better. But gentrification can come at a high price.

In Portland, Oregon, one woman struggling to provide a decent life for her 10-year-old daughter takes on public officials and a developer intent on creating low-income housing in her neighborhood. While public officials emphasize the need to create affordable housing in order to revitalize the community, opponents fear that the new property will attract renters who won’t take pride in their neighborhood in the way that homeowners do. But when homeowners replace renters in gentrifying neighborhoods, long-term residents are often priced out and a new class prejudice can arise.

Northeast Passage is a unique portrait of a neighborhood in the midst of dramatic change. It chronicles the clashes between those who advocate making rental properties available to low-income individuals and families, and those who promote home ownership. Proponents of both sides get equal say as the debate escalates.  As seen through the eyes of one woman, this film examines an issue that challenges nearly every inner city in the country.”

When:             March 4, 2015

Where:            NE Coalition of Neighbors   4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211

Time:               6:30 pm – 8:30pm

This movie runs about 54 minutes, and a discussion with the film director will ensue following the showing of this film.

We are N/NE Neighbors for Housing Affordability. We are a grassroots group of neighbors working to create equitable, inclusive neighborhoods in N/NE Portland, where people of color, low-income families, seniors and everyone else can live and thrive without fear of displacement.

To learn more please join us! You can connect with us at:

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 :


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