Saturday, October 1, 2011

Our SGNA Fall General Meeting is upon us Thursday October 13th 7:00 PM

Hi Gulchers. The SGNA Fall General meeting is upon us. Join your friends and neighbor on Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Penthouse of Holladay Park Plaza(the residential tower at NE 16th & NE Multnomah).

We'll be discussing the ups & downs of real estate in the Gulch. While our rents have been climbing these past few years, property values have been stagnant or even declining. As a community that's roughly 70% renters, 30% homeowners this conversation is especially apt. We're also holding elections for new Board members, so come on out you renters! Sullivan's Gulch could use a few more of you on the Board. Also learn what your SGNA community committees have been up to these past few months and what they have planned for the future. Plenty of refreshments served, come one and all!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

NECN 2011 Small Grants Program for Neighborhood Projects & Graffiti Clean-up

Have you been thinking about doing a project to enhance your neighborhood and wondered where to get funding to make your good idea a reality? Consider applying for a grant through NECN!

In partnership with the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) is offering $23,794 in small grant funds and $6,650 in graffiti abatement funds to neighborhood, business and community-based groups. NECN will offer $1,000-$4,000 per project within the Neighborhood Small Grant program and up to $2,500 per graffiti abatement project.

The goal of these two grant programs is to provide opportunities for building community in the Gulch and increasing and sustaining involvement in our neighborhood association(SGNA), district coalition(NECN) and the community at-large. Preference will be given to proposals submitted on behalf of or in direct partnership with one or more of the following:

·         Neighborhood Associations  
·         Organizations - predominantly led by people from historically under-engaged communities          including communities of color, immigrants and refugees, youth, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities
·         Business Associations or individual businesses   

Past projects funded by NECN include community orchards, tours of African American murals, afterschool programs, community outreach projects, website design, murals, graffiti clean-up and multicultural festivals.
 New this year, NECN is funding community economic development projects ranging from collaborative branding of the neighborhood through neighborhood and business association partnerships, to paying youth as they learn about community engagement and outreach.
  NECN will also offer two separate trainings to help neighborhood volunteers and community members create strong proposals: Basic Orientation and a hands-on, interactive Small Grant Workshop.

Basic Orientation.   September 21, 2011 6-8pm
This informational session will answer questions about the application, the committee review process, what funds can be used for and NECN’s unique priorities. The session will also include a brief overview of basic grant writing tips. RSVP to Imani at 503-823-4264 or
 Small Grant Workshop.  October 6, 2011  7-8:30pm
This workshop is meant to give grant applicants a chance to receive direct feedback on how to make their proposals stronger. Draft proposal in hand, participants will pair up and review one another’s drafts. Partners will give each other feedback about what works and what might need revision. RSVP to Katy at 503-823-4135 or

Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 1 by 5:00PM.
To download the grant application, visit:
For more information about NECN’s Neighborhood Small Grant and Graffiti Abatement Grant Programs, contact Imani Muhammad, Community Initiatives Coordinator at 503-823-4264 or or Katy Asher, Neighborhoods Program Coordinator, 503-823-4135,

Friday, September 9, 2011


The 6th annual GULCH-O-RAMA, your community’s annual celebration of this fabulous urban village, will be on Saturday September 10th from 4-9 pm on 24th and Clackamas.

This year, in addition to the music and food, vendors and artists, Suliivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association presents Circus Cascadia, an interactive circus experience where children and adults can try all kinds of circus equipment and skills. Try something new yourself or just enjoy watching others learn new things from this joyful group of circus professionals

They'll teach you...
Chinese Ribbons, Pole Balancing, Plate Spinning
Stilt Walking, Walking Ball, Rolla Bolas
Unicycling, Devil Stick, Clowning, Juggling, & Diabolo

GULCH-O-RAMA Schedule of Events
3:00 - PARADE
Kids gather at 24th and Clackamas to Parade through the Gulch drawing people back to 24th and Clackamas

Sullivan’s Gulp with free samples of local delicacies
Vendors, Artists and community organizations
Raffle drawing every hour


4:30-6:00 - Local musical talent

5:00 - Potluck Dinner - SGNA is providing the entree, Gulchers do the rest!
Water provided free, pop is $.50 a pop!

6:00 – 9:00 - Music a plenty!

Gulch-O-Rama Challenge to Hold-Outs

This year’s Gulch-O-Rama is hoping to draw the largest number of gulch residents that have never before come to a community event. If you are new to the neighborhood or just never dared to come before., whether your rent or own, we want you to come and get your Gulch on.

If you have been to Gulch-O-Rama before but know neighbors who have not, bring them with you and introduce them at the welcome table and get a free raffle ticket.

If you have never come to a Gulch-O-Rama before, your name will be entered into a special raffle drawing when you introduce yourself at the welcome table.

Artists invited to display and sell work at Gulch-O-Rama
Any artists or craftsperson who would like to set up a table at the Gulch-O-Rama event on September 11th should bring their own table to set up between 2 and 4 pm on the day. Spaces will be assigned first come first served.
If you are a local artist(jewelry, glass art, etc...) and are interested in a booth, please contact Stephen at 971-227-2800 or email to

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Your views needed on the future of NE Multnomah

As we've reported earlier, the City of Portland is reviewing the zoning in close-in areas of Lloyd District and has added special consideration of the long block on the south side of NE Multnomah between 16th and 21st (currently Residence Inn, apartments and houses); as well as consideration of Holladay Park (jointly in the boundaries of both Sullivan's Gulch and Lloyd District).

The next regular meeting of the Sullivan's Gulch Neighborhood Association Land Use Planning Committee (first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM) will be an important one to get community opinions about the
September 6, 2011
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Holladay Park Plaza Retirement Community
1300 NE 16th Avenue
Agenda: The City of Portland Planning our future with the N/NE Quadrant Project

We will be touching on a few areas:

-The Broadway/Weidler Corridor
-Property development considerations at SW corner of
NE 21st and NE Multnomah

We need your input and perspective.  Please come and participate.  Our neighbors and t he owners of the property at 21st and Multnomah (west side) will be there, as well.  We will have maps, planning info at the meeting.  If you can't make it, there will be information about the project at Gulch-o-rama.  Hope to see you there.

Brittain Brewer
M 503.309.1675