82nd Avenue forum held

by on Nov 16, 2015 | 0 comments

On Oct. 10, approximately 60 people gathered for a planning forum on improving 82nd Avenue, Portland’s eastern border until the mid-’80s. Portland Mayor Charlie Hales keynoted after a microphone-and-speaker feedback-challenged emcee. The crowd was attentive; refreshments were served. Co-hosted by the 82nd Avenue Improvement Coalition and Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the community forum was held at Jade/APANO...
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Neighborhood association changes name, adds board members

by on Nov 14, 2015 | 0 comments

At last month’s meeting, Argay Neighborhood Association board members approved not only a name change reflecting the neighborhood’s original name—adding “Terrace” after “Argay”—but also added four new board members, bringing the total to 11. In addition, the board approved new, updated bylaws and finalized plans to launch a website controlled by them rather than bureaucrats at the East Portland...
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PDC Pilot project participants named

by on Nov 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Last month, the Portland Development Commission selected nine businesses that made the grade to obtain grants under its new Halsey Street Pilot Program. They include Color Authority Salon and Spa; Curt’s Ultimate Fitness & Fighting Arts; Furniture Plus; Joseph’s Deli; Kings Omelets; McGillacuddy’s Sports Bar; Namaste Indian Cuisine restaurant; PACS food pantry, thrift store and health clinic; and Shoe...
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Incorrectly Oriented Markers Dangerous to the Blind

by on Nov 10, 2015 | 0 comments

It is axiomatic that, in Oregon, there is a legal crosswalk at every intersection on either side of a cross street, whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked. Does the Americans with Disabilities Act require marked crosswalks at intersections with ramped curb access? The City of Portland had better hope not. There are six such unmarked crosswalks in a...
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2035 Comprehensive Plan is Portland’s future

by on Nov 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan is moving into its final phase—review and adoption by City Council. Depending where you live in east Portland, significant changes may be coming to your neighborhood—or possibly, there are things about your neighborhood you would like to change. The 2035 Comprehensive Plan process, or Comp Plan as most people call it, gives citizens the chance...
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Girls soccer program visionary

by on Nov 6, 2015 | 0 comments

In 2009, two energetic soccer coaches revolutionized Parkrose High School’s girls soccer program. While things did not gel for years, the die was cast nonetheless. This story isn’t about money for girls high school sports, of which there is precious little for female sports generally and Parkrose’s teams in particular, despite broad support in Portland for the womens professional...
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David Douglas sports legend brings home the gold … football

by on Nov 4, 2015 | 1 comment

David Douglas High School alum Claxton Welch, center, surrounded by former teammates from the class of 1965, presented the ball to David Douglas’ student body during an assembly Friday, Oct. 16. Welch attended DDHS in the mid-’60s and was All-State in football and basketball, gaining him a scholarship to the University of Oregon, from which the Dallas Cowboys drafted...
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by on Nov 4, 2015 | 0 comments

The Mid-county Memo strives to be accurate and thorough in its coverage and corrects significant errors of fact. If you find an error, please call 503-287-8904 or e-mail department editor Darlene Vinson at editor@midountymemo.com. In the story “Argay still angry over farmland’s development” story in October’s issue, we got some facts wrong about the brick house mentioned in the...
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TriMet answers our questions about its vision for East County

by on Oct 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Through the end of 2015, TriMet is asking for feedback and ideas for improving bus service, bus stops and street crossings in east Portland (generally east of I-205), Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village. As part of TriMet’s Eastside Service Enhancement Plan, they held a series of community meetings and conducted surveys to gather feedback from riders, community groups,...
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Mid-county 1985 … east Portland 2015

by on Oct 16, 2015 | 0 comments

To mark the Mid-county Memo’s 30th anniversary, we are sampling the paper’s first year of publishing and comparing those reports to today’s. In June 1985, the Memo published results of a Parkrose School district survey of parents. In June 1985, parents said the biggest problems were, in order, use of drugs, lack of financial support, parents’ lack of interest...
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Sign here … please

by on Oct 15, 2015 | 1 comment

After a struggle to get their ballot title published, members of the Portland Community Equality Movement are busily collecting signatures to get their many-times reworked petition on the November 2016 ballot. They have to collect 31,345 signatures by July 8, 2016, to accomplish that goal. The aim of this petition is to change city government structure from one in...
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Powell/Division Rapid Transit decision-making is slow going

by on Oct 14, 2015 | 0 comments

No decision has yet been made regarding which crossover street to use on the rapid transit leg between Powell and Division streets. In the end the Powell-Division rapid transit alignment is intended to make the two busiest lines in the entire TriMet system—the #9 Powell bus line and the #4 Division bus line—faster and more convenient (“Rapid Transit coming...
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