Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Party at Holiday Park Plaza

Hi all,

Our friends at Holiday Park Plaza are planning a party and the whole neighborhood is invited! The party will be on Saturday, October 11th (11am-2pm). There'll be something for everyone: face painting, popcorn, cotton candy, German-themed food, a balloon artist, live music, prizes from HPP and beer from Laurelwood Brewery.

Here are all the details:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

PBOT News Release: New Parking Meters

NEWS RELEASE:
Transportation Bureau wants your input on two new parking meter options

(September 2014) Two companies are competing for a chance to provide Portland with new parking meters, and starting this week residents can test the new meters and help the Portland Bureau of Transportation decide which contractor to select.

Four test pay stations, two from each of the vendors that made PBOT’s short list, are available for the public to test. Meters made by Parkeon and Cale America are located on SW Salmon Street, between SW Third and Fourth avenues, just north of Lownsdale Square and on SW Third Avenue, between SW Taylor and SW Salmon streets.

The meters will be available until Oct. 14. Public comment will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day.

Let PBOT know what you think of the two pay station options by completing an online survey at bit.ly/PBOTmeters or filling out a postcard available at the meter. How easy was it to use the pay station? Was your transaction completed as fast as you expected?

Equipment from both manufacturers equipment will be familiar to city users as they have provided meters to the City in the past.  Cale America has more than 1,300 existing pay stations and Parkeon provided the ticket vending machines for the Portland Streetcar.

After receiving public input, PBOT’s selection committee will identify which vendor will supply about 300 parking meters in the new Northwest Portland parking meter district, expected to be installed in early 2015. The established price agreement will also be used for future purchases.

Both pay station options can accept payments by credit card and support the adoption of payment by mobile phone in the future.

Visitors to the test block are reminded that normal parking fees, time limits and periods of enforcement are in effect during the test period. If you are unable to purchase a ticket from one of the test meters, be sure to purchase a ticket from an existing pay station to avoid receiving a citation.




Friday, September 19, 2014

Race for the Cure is Sunday, Sept. 21st


Hi Neighbors!

The annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be held in Portland on Sunday, Sept. 21st. Consider taking TriMet to the event and be sure to plan ahead. 
TriMet's Online trip planner makes it easy to plan your trip. Click here to plan your route to the Race for the Cure.
During the event, two bus lines – Line 15-Belmont/NW 23rd and Line 17-Holgate/Broadway will be detoured around the race route. Two other bus lines – Line 20-Burnside/Stark and Line 77-Broadway/Halsey as well as MAX trains may be delayed for a few minutes to allow runners and walkers through.

Race for the Cure Rider tips:

  • Keep in mind that buses and MAX will be running on Sunday schedules. Not all bus lines have Sunday service.
  • In the morning hours leading up to the event, MAX Blue, Red and Yellow lines have a 35-minute frequency or 35 minutes between trains.
  • TriMet will be adding extra service on the Green Line since regular Sunday service does not begin until 8 a.m. Two extra trains have been scheduled to depart the Clackamas Town Center MAX Station at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. As these trains are being inserted into regular service, please note that they will not appear in the online trip planner.
  • If heading to the event from Clackamas, consider our Line 72-Killingsworth/82nd bus, which runs from Clackamas Town Center to the NE 82nd Ave MAX Station where you can connect with trains.
  • If traveling from east of Gateway Transit Center or west of Beaverton Transit Center, improve your service options by using the Park & Rides at Gateway or Sunset Transit Center, as multiple MAX and bus lines serve those stations and have shorter trips into Portland City Center. For Park & Ride information, visittrimet.org/parkandride.
  • Instead of a paper fare, purchase and use tickets on your smartphone anywhere, at anytime.The free TriMet Tickets mobile app lets you easily buy and store your fare on your smartphone. You can buy and use tickets for multiple people on just one phone. Check out our FAQ at trimet.org/mobiletickets for instructions and other information.
  • Buy a day pass – it’s the same price as two 2-hour tickets. Most of the Race for the Cure events will take longer than two hours.
  • TriMet customer service staff will be at the registration & t-shirt pick-up event sponsored by OHSU at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday and Saturday selling advance Day Passes for Sunday.
Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Portland Housing Bureau News: N/NE Housing Strategy

Our friends from the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods want to be sure we are up to speed with a project that involves our neighborhood, the N/NE Housing Strategy. Take a moment to review the details and consider attending one of the forum meetings... spread the word and get involved!

What is this project?

The project is a $20 million financing initiative in North/Northeast Portland over the next five years. The effort is focused in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area in response to the community’s well documented need for affordable housing and other investments in neighborhoods most impacted by displacement.
While the funds, along with those previously budgeted and programmed, will mostly be used to invest in buildings, the process for determining how and where to spend the money provides an opportunity to engage community members in ways that begin to address a long history of institutional racism and displacement of residents and businesses. (more) 

Your voice is needed.

Community input will help shape the strategy. During Summer/Fall of 2014, Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) and community stakeholders will design a set of recommendations for prioritizing investment of these housing resources, that begins to address affordable housing needs.

Attend a Community Forum:

You will learn information about the current opportunities and how available affordable housing tools can be used. Participants will also see alternative scenarios for investments and programs. The goal is to seek consensus about which strategies most directly improve affordable housing stability and choices.

Here’s how you can be involved:

  • Attend a Community Forum
  • Learn more here (reports, media, etc.)
  • Join the email list here
  • Send us your thoughts and ideas here (email and phone)