Saturday, June 25, 2011

Gulch Garage Sale - Saturday July 16

The annual Gulch-wide garage sale is just around the corner July 16th from 9am to 4pm. Hopefully we get some sunshine so everyone can walk about the neighborhood and see all the goods their fellow neighbors have to sell.  (And, of course, so lots of people from outside the neighborhood will come and check out our treasures!)  

This is not your usual “multi-family” sale. The goal is to create a network of individual garage sales all hosted on the same day at the same time so the Gulch will be humming with activity.

Here’s how it works: Register your sale with the Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association (SGNA) for a $10 fee. You host the sale at your own house (or team up with a neighbor). We provide buyers with a list of garage sale sites and a map with locations highlighted. You keep the proceeds of your sale!

If you'd like to participate, download the Garage Sale form on the right and drop off this form along with a $10 registration fee by 6 pm on Thursday, July 14, at the home of Stephen Chase, 2534 NE Clackamas street.  For more information about the garage sale contact Lisa Pearlstein, lisalisapearl@gmail.com503-249-0996.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Help Plan the Future of the Gulch, Lloyd District and Lower Albina

The City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation are hosting an open house on June 29th to showcase the current work of the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans and ask for feedback.   This planning includes part of Sullivan's Gulch on the south side of NE Multnomah between 16th and 21st Ave. (where Residence Inn, apartments and rental houses are now).  The SGNA Land Use Committee will be participating and is a voting member of the group, but everyone is welcome to participate.

In addition to the inclusion of the 6 lots west of NE 21st and south of NE Multnomah (an area approximately 300 feet by 100 feet), a significant part of the Gulch, the N/NE Quadrant Project also incorporates Regal Lloyd Cinemas 10, the parking lot west of the Cinema, and Holladay Park, our own neighborhood park. The attached map shows the scope and boundaries of the project. As with any time when your neighbors are planning big developments, especially when incorporating some of your own neighborhood, it pays to participate and to pay attention.

This project will help areas of troubled development and growth that will define the city's center, on the east side of the river, and north of the Banfield for generations, and significantly affect "life in the Gulch". It is difficult to state simply the magnitude and importance of this event for the Gulch, along with other events, like the construction of the MAX Line, this is the biggest development event in the Gulch since the construction of Fred Meyer's, and certainly the biggest planning event to affect the Gulch since the construction of Lloyd Center.

Based on ideas gathered at previous meetings and events, the project team has developed land use and transportation concept alternatives to illustrate how the area could develop over time. This work will be open to public input and general feedback.  

N/NE Quadrant Project Open House
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Metro Regional Center Offices, 600 NE Grand, Council Chambers

Some questions the open house will have for discussion and feedback include:
  • What type of new development should the plan encourage (residential, employment, entertainment, or a mix)?  
  • What type of open space amenities best suit the needs of the area?
  • How should green infrastructure and natural systems be integrated?
  • What type and level of transportation improvements are needed to address connectivity, safety and congestion issues in the quadrant, and specifically in the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Interchange area?
Come join us, learn more about what's been going on and provide feedback!

We will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.
About the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans

The N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans (N/NE Quadrant Project) is a collaborative effort by the City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation. It is part of Phase II of Central City 2035, the City of Portland's effort to update the 1988 Central City Plan, providing detailed planning for the Lower Albina and Lloyd District areas. Working jointly with the Oregon Department of Transportation, this pr0ject will also explore options for I-5 freeway and local transportation improvements in the vicinity of the Broadway/Weidler Interchange. For more information visit the project website:

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Emergency Preparedness - don't expect the city to rescue you

You've read about horrific natural disasters elsewhere but are you ready for "the big one" and the not-so-big ones closer to home?   Brenn Simonen is organizing sessions to help you prepare for emergencies right here in the Gulch.   The classes will start sometime in July.

The sessions will cover creating a communication, evacuation, shelter and needs plan.  Basic first aid and creating an Emergency Kit will be covered.

To be notified when the meetings will be held, please email Brenn at