Friday, August 12, 2011

Illegal Dumping? Call Metro's RID Patrol

It's unsightly, dirty and dangerous. It can harm water ways and wildlife when improperly disposed.  It's the mass of tires, garbage, old furniture, and even worse stuff that’s illegally dumped along public property, parks, streets and streams. And Metro's Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Patrol wants your help.

(If the illegal dumping is on your property, it's your responsibility, sorry... - editor)

RID Patrol and local governments help clean up public property and handle investigations and prosecutions of illegal dumping on public and private sites within the Metro region. The program monitors and cleans up chronic dumps and quickly responds to new illegal dumps.  The program makes a difference in helping prevent repeat incidents, minimize environmental damage and reduce visual blight or health hazards.  

Community participation makes a difference. RID Patrol each year cleans up more than 2,000 illegal dump sites, and the public can help by using licensed haulers for your waste disposal and reporting dumps before they grow. It's easy: Call RID Patrol at 503-234-3000, send e-mail to or report an illegal dump site online at

City seeking your input on east-side planning and transportation

The city Portland is working on a vision for the planning and zoning of "central city" on the east side of river - including the area around the Rose Quarter and Lloyd Districts.   A little sliver of Sullivan's Gulch is included in the study - the south side of Multnomah from NE 16th to 21st. Ave. - the Residence Inn property, a garden apartment, several single family homes and the vacant area along NE 21st (it's the orange dotted lines on the right edge of the map.

Even though only a small part of the study area is actually in our boundaries, the impact of development next door in Lloyd District, as well as traffic on Broadway and Weidler will have definite impacts on our livability.

Some of the questions the city is interested in hearing about include:
  • What type of development should be encouraged around Holladay Park (such as redevelopment of Lloyd Cinema and adjacent parking lot)? 
  • What type of design or programming changes could be made to Holladay Park to improve safety and user experience?
  • What type of uses are appropriate at 21st and Multnomah (west side)?  What scale of buildings should be allowed?
The Sullivan's Gulch Neighborhood Association Land Use Committee is also participating in this process, particularly about the section of the neighborhood that's included in the study.  The SGNA Land Use Committee is planning a special meeting for neighbors to discuss this section in detail.  Watch for an announcement here or contact c0-chair Carol Gossett after taking a look at the materials referenced below. 

These areas have been the subject of intense planning and analysis as well as work with the community for many months now. Based on ideas captured at previous events and meetings, the N/NE Quadrant project team has prepared draft concepts for how the quadrant area could develop over time. 

Gulcher now have an opportunity to provide more detailed feedback on the direction of the N/ NE Quadrant and eight subareas (e.g., Historic Russell Street, Rose Quarter and Lloyd District) through a series of surveys. The quadrant-wide survey seeks feedback on how the N/NE Quadrant could develop as a whole, and the subarea surveys will help the project team work out details of smaller geographic areas.

The public is invited to review the Concept Alternatives Workbook, then take the online surveys to comment. It may be helpful to reference the workbook while taking the surveys. Comments will be used by the Stakeholder Advisory Committee and project team to inform upcoming decisions this fall.   The Gulch area being studied is section 6a,  the last page of the workbook.  There's a separate survey just for the area of the Gulch included - section 6a

More about the land use, urban design and transportation design proposals for N/NE Quadrant
Ideas for the concepts were drawn from a number of sources, including examining existing conditions; identifying issues, opportunities and constraints; Stakeholder Advisory Committee and Subcommittee meetings; and the Local Issues Charrette (February 2011).

The quadrant-wide concept alternatives display existing conditions and concepts based broadly on three potential future land use patterns:  
  1. Residential;
  2. Employment; and
  3. Residential/employment blend.
Each concept alternative is further illustrated with three related infrastructure systems:  
  1. Mobility;
  2. Open space; and
  3. Green systems.
The subarea choices highlight key land use, urban design and local transportation choices for the N/NE Quadrant subareas. Also included are maps and background information for these smaller geographic areas, with questions specific to each one. The subarea choices and issues will inform the refinement of the quadrant-wide concept alternatives (and vice versa), assist in developing a preferred concept, and provide guidance for more focused plan proposals at the subarea level.

For more information about the N/NE Quadrant Project or the survey, please contact Stephanie Beckman at 503-823-6042 or 
For more information visit the project  

Sunday, August 7, 2011

SGNA Community Board Meeting this Tuesday!

Hi Gulchers. The SGNA August Community Board meeting is upon us. Join your friends and neighbor next Tuesday, August 9th at 7:30 p.m. in the Club Room of Holladay Park Plaza(the residential tower at NE 16th & NE Multnomah). 

 Come learn what your SGNA community committees have been up to this summer and what they have planned for the future. Gulch-O-Rama and Sullivan's Gulp are right around the corner. Get in on the planning by coming Tuesday. Home baked goodies served, come one and all!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sullivan's Gulch Walking Tours Sponsored by AHC Tomorrow and Sunday!

Learn Spanish This Summer! Classes at TEC Starting Next Week.

Tierra Educational Center (TEC) at 2915 NE MLK Blvd (2nd floor of SCRAP's building) has expanded to offer Spanish Summer Camps for children ages 4-11, in addition to the center's wide range of adult, child, and family classes for Spanish learners of all ages and levels.

Summer is an excellent time to offer your child Spanish language education when their minds and bodies are alert and open to new ideas and activities. TEC Spanish Summer Camps provide small group, intensive exposure to the Spanish language and Latin American culture through the lens of play and music. Treat your child to a summer vacation abroad, without having to leave town!

Camps will be divided in two groups(5-10 students) of 4-6 year olds, and 7-11 year olds and held Monday-Friday 9am-12pm. July 25-29th and August 15-19th.

And for Mom and Dad, new morning Spanish Intensive courses for Beginner and Intermediate students will be offered July 12-August 11th. Weekly evening classes, private lessons, and family classes are available  year-round at a flexible schedule. Visit for more information, or call 503-213-3677.