Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association

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Alameda Stairs Clean-up

Mother nature provided late morning sunshine on Saturday, Nov 8th, to highlight the efforts of a group of Beaumont Wilshire neighbors along with Troop 107 scouts who pulled, raked, trimmed and cut down unwanted vegetation from both the 42nd and 43rd avenue public stairways along Alameda Ridge. Planting bulbs for spring started at top of the 43rd Avenue stairs beds that had been cleared out; and will be finished in the coming weeks. Thanks to BWNA Board member, Dave Whitaker, for coordinating the event and working with Foot Traffic to host a fund-raising walk on Sat., the 15th.

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Upcoming demolition/development reform meetings

Follow-up to Summit II: UNITED NEIGHBORHOODS FOR REFORM (UNFR)
An invitation from Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association (BWNA)
and Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) to attend


Open to whom
?

To the public, but with priority given to
representatives from neighborhood associations


When
?

Mon., Sept. 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. = Scrutinizing & Prioritizing
Tues., Oct. 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. = Summit III: Reaching Consensus


Where?

Grant Park Church, 2728 NE 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97212
* Please park in lot across the street from Grant Park


Contact Person?

Chair Al Ellis = editor@bwna.us

 


 

Summary

On the evening of September 9th, residents from two dozen neighborhoods—80 attendees in all, most of them neighborhood association leaders—gathered together in the sanctuary at Grant Park Church in Northeast Portland, united in addressing one pressing issue: residents’ concerns over problems associated with residential demolition/development practices. A sequel to last spring’s “Summit I” meeting, “Summit II” was designed to get the ball rolling on suggestions for a reform proposal that could garner support from a wide range of neighborhoods, thus paving the way for approval from city officials. Initially conceived in response to residents’ dismay over the increasing number of demolitions (what the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission characterized in their annual report to City Council last July 31st as “something of an epidemic”) and the resultant loss of affordable quality homes replaced by more expensive, incompatible (relative to the other homes on the block) new ones, the “summit” approach was initiated by former Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association (BWNA) president Al Ellis (now Beaumont-Wilshire Newsletter Editor) in an effort to bring the issue to the attention of city leaders and jumpstart reform. While Mayor Hales has acknowledged the need for action on these concerns, he recently deferred to Commissioner Fritz (who oversees the Bureau of Development Services—BDS) to carry the ball. In turn, Commissioner Fritz has repeatedly advised neighborhood associations that it is the Mayor and City Council, not BDS, that decides building code policy and that reform in this area is appropriately pursued though the Comprehensive Plan Update process (months away from completion, maybe longer) and BDS’s Development Review Advisory Committee—DRAC (whose members are predominately developers). Meanwhile, random demolitions and indiscriminate building practices continue unabated. THAT IS THE REASON FOR THE SUMMITS. THAT IS THE REASON FOR FORMING UNFR. AND THAT IS WHY YOUR PARTICIPATION IS VITAL.

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BW Volunteer Group

Do you know a neighbor that could use a helping hand?

The Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood Volunteer Group stands ready to pitch-in.

—- cleaning chores, yard work, window washing, garage/storage organization, simple fresh up painting.

 

Contact John Sandie

219-508-4162

sandiefam@gmail.com

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