Vision Zero: Plan for a safer Portland or hope trafficking?

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017

In June 2015, Portland’s City Council unanimously adopted Vision Zero (VZ), a resolution to eliminate all serious injuries and deaths on Portland streets by 2025. This is a laudable goal. But is it realistic, or is Portland’s version of VZ another reactionary attempt by politicians to make it appear they’re doing something—anything—to address the...
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Bias affects decision-making process

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017

Entering its fourth year, a dispute between the Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association (ATNA) and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) over access to a new apartment development is due to a senior PBOT staffer’s dislike of not only the developer but also the Argay Terrace neighborhood, the Memo has found. Citing safety reasons, Kurt Krueger,...
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Still at the drawing board: development in 2017

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017

Remember the Gateway Action Plan? It’s the $53 million-dollar investment into Gateway funded by local tax increment financing, taking place over the next five years. It features a cornucopia of improvements listed on its proposed project timeline, which was approved by the Portland City Council in August. The Memo has sought updates for projects...
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New County board historic for its diversity

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017

Multnomah County welcomed three new commissioners to its board, making it the first board that is majority people of color and the seventh board in the county’s more than 160 years comprised entirely of women. Jessica Vega Pederson, who represents east Portland as commissioner for District 2, was sworn in along with Lori Stegmann, who represents...
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School districts announce plans to make up snow days

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017

David Douglas  The David Douglas School District plans changes to the school calendar to conform to state requirements and to begin returning instruction time lost during January snow and ice storms. Nine days were lost. The district intends to recapture instruction time within the current school calendar without having to add days to the end of...
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Spaghetti dinner rolls its last meatball after 80 years

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017

If there’s such a rivalry as Old Parkrose versus New Parkrose —similar to the disconnect antagonizing neighboring Portland—Old Parkrose just took a sizable hit with the termination of St. Rita’s annual All-you-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner. For the first time in eighty years, this cultural benchmark won’t be providing eager community members with...
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Winter storms hit Portland, hindering some while delighting others

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017

When a winter storm descends upon east Portland, schools close, businesses send employees home early and folks dash to the grocery store to stock up on essentials in case they become homebound. That was the case early last month, when two cold blasts came through. The first began with a light snowfall that turned into a treacherous, icy mess....
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Dentist returns Parkrose practice to original place

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017

Sometimes, you really can go home again. At least, you can return your family dental practice to the building on Northeast 102nd Avenue in Parkrose that housed it during your father’s heyday. Parkrose dentist Lee Cowles, who took over his father Leon Cowles’s dental practice when his father retired, had moved the family business down the street...
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DDHS family loses beloved educator

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017

Following a life full of faith, giving, loyalty and abundant love, Denise “Dee” Louise Lisac peacefully passed away Nov. 28, 2016, following a brief illness. Born in Portland on Sept. 25, 1964, to Joseph and Mary Lisac, Denise was the youngest of four children. Ms. Lisac and her family spent most of her youth living on the Willamette River in the...
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Holiday Hope provides haircuts and coats

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017

Portland’s hippest barbershop teamed up with one of Mid-county’s most impactful nonprofits to help neighbors in need last month. To mark the collaboration, Bishops Barbershop offered free haircuts at Impact NW, 10055 E. Burnside St., on Wednesday, Dec. 7. “We are so delighted that Bishops is showing the people we care for some added attention...
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Bonton headed for Big Sky

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017

A blend of wistful nostalgia and fiscal gloom keeps many parents from fully celebrating their child’s ascendance into the world of higher academia. Richard and Laura Bonton, however, are a different story, and they have a reason to party. The couple’s son, Isaac, has received a full-ride scholarship to Montana State University based on his...
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Hansen Shelter gives hope, but problems remain

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017

The Hansen Shelter, at the corner of Northeast 122nd Avenue and Glisan Street, has been open more than four months now, and its impact on the neighborhood is undeniable. The homeless presence in the area can be noticed before stepping off the MAX. On a recent bitterly cold evening, a group of Hansen guests gathered around the doors as the train...
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