82nd needs millions in improvements before city accepts ownership

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018

By all measures, the initiative to transfer power over the whole of 82nd Avenue from the state of Oregon to the city of Portland has seen unprecedented success in 2018. Everybody is on the same page, but no ending has yet been written. On Oct. 17, a panel discussion entitled “Envisioning the Future: Transforming 82nd Avenue” was held, fittingly,...
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Construction on Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project continues

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018

The Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project seems fresh out of surprises. The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT’s) project will revitalize the streets along the Halsey-Weidler business district (or “couplet”) from 102nd to 113th avenues. It was scheduled to begin early this summer and instead broke ground in September, though unchartered...
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Retired cop becomes one-man litter patrol

Posted by on Nov 4, 2018

Retired Portland police officer Blaine Tyler got so tired of seeing litter on the drive from his home in Mt. Tabor to Grace Bible Fellowship, his church on Northeast 124th and Siskiyou Street, that he decided to do something about it. Once a week for the last four years, he walks both sides of Fremont Street between 102nd and 122nd avenues and...
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Police hands tied over Parkrose lingerie modeling shop

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018

Nobody seems convinced that the lingerie modeling shop Secret Rendezvous (10518B N.E. Sandy Blvd.) isn’t a front for prostitution. And though Secret Rendezvous is located .37 miles from Prescott Elementary along a Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)-designated “Safe Routes to School” path, police say their hands are tied.  Making a statement...
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Posted by on Oct 20, 2018

We welcome submission of obituaries for free publication in the Mid-county Memo. Please send copy and a photo to editor@midcountymemo.com. Submissions may be edited for clarity and will be included on a space-available basis.  Thelma Glover Feb. 15, 1918–Aug. 23, 2018 Thelma Delouis Glover came into this world in Ringgold, Louisiana, on Feb. 15,...
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First authorized street mural hits outer Northeast Portland

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018

There’s another first in east Portland, and this one couldn’t have been done alone.  On July 21, at the intersection of Northeast 109th Avenue and Northeast Skidmore Street, the Parkrose Neighborhood Association (PNA), the Parkrose Business Association and Historic Parkrose joined forces with more than a hundred attendees, mostly neighbors, for a...
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ODOT reveals design for Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018

Few Oregon streets are set for a transformation more dramatic than Outer Powell Boulevard, which spans from the area east of the I-205 to just east of Southeast 174th Avenue. For starters, when all is said and done, it will no longer belong to the state. As previously reported (“Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project still on track, despite...
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Contractor Selected for Division Transit Project

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018

The Division Transit Project (DTP), the rapid bus system that will link downtown Portland and Gresham in coming years, is picking up steam. It has completed local funding, and a local construction company has been selected as the construction manager of the general contractor team.  The Portland City Council earmarked $17.7 million in August and...
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PBOT cuts ribbon on 122nd Avenue safety improvements

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018

Portland’s 122nd Avenue Safety Project celebrated the unveiling of a new crossing signal with a press conference and ribbon cutting. Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and former Commissioner Steve Novick were among the speakers at the event; this was significant for several reasons, the most obvious of which being that Eudaly defeated Novick just two...
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“Windscape” Renovation Plans Paused

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018

Despite new hurdles threatening a speedy construction window, Tom Badrick is not backing down on plans to rehabilitate “Windscape,” the traffic roundabout island at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street. As the grant writer behind the proposal, he’s determined to make headway on this passion project this fall. But he’ll need help. “Windscape”...
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Kmart Property Not Zoned for Housing

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018

The Kmart on Sandy Boulevard, a fixture of the Argay Terrace neighborhood since the 1960s, has finally closed after fire-selling leftover inventory and liquidating assets. The store, among 63 stores nationwide that were given their final notice in May that they would be closed permanently by the struggling retail behemoth, became the subject of...
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Homeless shelter in Mill Park rouses debate

Posted by on Oct 6, 2018

Shiny new toys, such as Gateway Discovery Park, are attracting foot traffic to east Portland streets. But not all visitors are tourists, and some don’t go home (or have a home). Whether the community is the one paying a price is becoming a point of contention.  Before the temporary low-barrier Wy’east homeless shelter, 1415 S.E. 122nd Ave.,...
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