Neighbors advocate for street improvements in areas that have been under-invested such as NE 82nd & 60th Max station areas, NE Halsey safety and access to transit and the NE 72 pedestrian & bikeway to Killingsworth in Cully. City staff are proposing transportation options and concept plans with input from the community managed by PBOT’s Growing Transit Communities (funded in part by the State Transportation Growth Management Grant-TGM).
Recently Roseway, Rose City Park, Cully, and the 82nd Ave. Improvement Coalition hosted conversations on how to improve travel for all modes. The 82nd Improvement Coalition is an effort by a group of advocates desiring to transform 82nd into a City street that serves the community with safe access. The conversation hosted at the Dharma Rain Center, nestled a block East of 82nd across from Madison High School, provided opportunities for community input on the 82nd study: Understanding Barriers to Development with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). This effort involves exploring opportunities within new mixed use & employment zones, and commercial development on this key transit corridor under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT ). The ODOT jurisdiction for 82nd limits desired street improvements that can be implemented, thus community members are advocating for safe access , connectivity, and street amenities. This project is funded in part by a Metro Community Planning and Development Grant and will involve the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). The ODOT 82nd Ave. of Roses Implementation Plan is to create a list of feasible projects to improve safety, mobility, and access for people using 82nd Ave. to Killingsworth.
As for the Max stations, PBOT has been working with the neighborhood and property owners on the design for needed sidewalks, bike lanes, safe crossings, traffic calming, greenways connecting to safe routes. Construction may come as soon as 2018 for the 60th from the Max Station to Halsey in line with a scheduled paving project. This is funded in part by Transportation System Development Charges (TSDC). These efforts come on the heals of community advocacy as Metro prioritized improvements. Rose City Park has been advocating for adequate sidewalks close to 10 years ago.
Cully, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Oregon emerged with active leadership that continues to work with the City for safe connected streets. This is an area where a lack of direct bus routes to downtown requires residents to walk on streets with no sidewalks or designated safe routes for all modes. The Connected Cully: NE 72nd Ave. project managed by PBOT funded by a Metro grant is to enhance walking and biking through the heart of the neighborhood along NE 72nd. This will connect residents to schools, businesses, and foster needed access to parks and greenspace in Cully and Roseway. Traffic calming and pedestrian crossing improvements from NE Sandy to Prescott are part of the Active Transportation and Complete Streets Metro grant regional flexible funding. The project also includes lighting, street trees, and place-making elements.
In partnership with Rose City Park Neighborhood Association, Living Stages Theater will present an interactive theatrical forum “Home is Where the Heart Is” engaged community members in conversation about ideas, values, and assumptions related to “home”. The forum was held at the Rose City Park meeting in June. During the forum, community actors from Right to Survive, an organization created by and for members of Portland’s houseless community, presented a short scene to share some of the challenges homeless individuals and families face in day-to-day survival. Members of the audience were invited to stop the action of the scene and step onto the stage to propose their ideas for possible solutions.
This program was made possible with a Small Neighborhood Grant from Central Northeast Neighbors, and a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Living Stages is a Portland-based 501 c3 arts organization committed to the practice of interactive theater as a process for community engagement, action and transformation.
“As long as social injustice exists, ours is an unfinished theater,” says Tamara Lynne, Living Stages Creative Director. “We hope to inspire action not only on the stage, but in real life— to help communities transform this situation and create neighborhoods where all individuals feel safe, and can have a sense of home.”
For additional information contact: 503-863-1406
In response to the latest wave of concern about Portland’s air quality, The Cully Air Action Team (CAAT), in collaboration with Portland Clean Air, has developed a user-friendly presentation about how citizens can research:
> who their nearby air polluting industries are
> which government agencies issue permits to their operations
> how to obtain those permits
> what hazardous materials they have on-site and what toxics they emit
> what to do once you have the data
The presentation runs about 30 minutes and comes with a guide put out by Portland Clean Air.
Please let us know if you are interested in hearing this presentation at your next gathering. Contact Alma Velazquez : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forum in Central Northeast Neighborhoods this summer.
The Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are collectively working to investigate sites in Portland with high arsenic levels detected in the initial, experimental, moss testing method reported in late February. The agencies developed a method to decide which locations to investigate first, using relevant air toxics data and information about vulnerable populations. Here is the set of criteria by which agencies will prioritize hot spots identified in U.S. Forest Service moss studies for further investigation (CNN had 3 hot spots). Current projections are that validated information from the US Forest Service moss study will be available this summer. DEQ and its partner agencies plan to update the public in a central northeast, multi-neighborhood forum sometime this summer, possibly in July. Look to the Central Northeast Neighbors website for announcements regarding the investigation plan, and for the date and location of the forum. Until the forum, look to the joint DEQ/Oregon Health Authority (OHA)/MCHD website: <http://saferair.oregon.gov<http://saferair.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx>> and for more information this multi-agency report: <http://public.health.oregon.gov/newsadvisories/Documents/se-portland-metals-emissions-physician-guidance.pdf>.
from David Gates of Rose City Park NA
Portland State University, the city of Portland and Multnomah County announced plans to spend $125,000 on a two-year study of the city’s toxic air pollution.
Following the February meeting at Tubman, we have continued to follow the story of air quality in regards to the neighborhoods part of Central Northeast Neighbors.
Thus far, the greater attention has been on the neighborhoods in North and Southeast Portland affected by Bullseye Glass and Uroboros Glass. As local and statewide attention has turned to these two plants, the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been struggling to keep up with increased interest in air quality.
Moss testing has known for years to be an effective test for air quality, but Oregon DEQ described it at community meetings as an innovation they have struggled to keep up with. Oregonlive’s map shows 3 major hotspots in the CNN area. While the Owen’s Brockway glass plant off of Killingsworth and 92 doesn’t make colored glass, a process that used cadmium at other plants, CNN residents are still concerned about arsenic and other metal pollutants found in the neighborhood. Portland State University Professor Linda George suggests that one option for concerned residents could be testing their soil. Anyone who does test their soil should share their results with her and the DEQ to determine if further tests in the area are needed.
CNN will continue to track the issue and offer updates as they are available. CNN neighborhood leaders are in communication with local agencies and Cully leaders sent a letter to the Governor to take action.
By Andrés Oswill, MURP
CNN LUTOP student intern
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) are working to investigate concerns about arsenic levels in five Portland neighborhoods. Carcinogenic metals were found in tree moss around Portland, with cadmium found near stained glass manufacturers Map. The map shows 3 hotspots in CNN neighborhoods. The most concentrated sits in Rose City Park around NE 52nd Ave. Another is based along Sandy Blvd. and I-205 by Sumner. The last is on Columbia and NE 52nd largely in the Cully Neighborhood.
Both glass factories identified as potential sources of carcinogenic metals have voluntarily suspended use of cadmium and arsenic. Both companies were complying with legal regulations, but changed their practices once the information emerged. The state DEQ has released a Frequently Asked Questions sheet to help give more information, and a new group the Eastside Air Coalition emerged in response to the high levels of toxic metals discovered. They are visiting different neighborhood associations to talk about the concerns, and you can learn more about their upcoming activities on their events page. Neighbors for Clean Air-What’s in our Air has been actively working on community advocacy and policy to improve air quality in Portland for several years now. Also, The Cully and Rose City Park Neighborhoods are investigating and discussing the recent concerns at their meetings and plan to take action.
By Andrés Oswill, MURP
CNN LUTOP student intern
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