Sunday, May 20, 2012

Village Building Convergence 2012 - Here it comes!


Become a villager once again at this year's Village Building Convergence! 

By bike or mass transit, people are converging once again!!! This is when Portlanders come out into the streets to re-create the neighborhoods that they live in, so that people make new places and new friends as they learn, step by step, how to transform the world right where they live! Come see more than 40 Portland communities working all at the same time, across the city!

It could end up being the time of your life, in which you gain a new sense of power for yourself and with more people than you ever even knew before. By, for, and of our beloved city!


There will be almost a dozen street intersections transformed into community gathering places, many schools activated to bring children together with local resident communities, and many more visionary businesses and communities that are also initiating projects and processes for beneficial change! Let's GO!


There will be all kinds of project types and methods, many including natural building, public art, permaculture projects at all scales, urban design, community democracy, and tons of hands-on, educational workshops!


Evening Speakers this year will include:


·         Oliver Kelhammer, One of Canada's leading Permaculture teachers and an urban art insurgent!

·         Jenny Pell, International Permaculture Designer and NW Region Teacher!

·         Ianto Evans, "Father of Natural Building" in North America!

·         Nance Klehm, Greywater, Water Catchment, Humanure & Soil Building Teacher!

·         Mark LakemanInventor of the T-Horse, City Repair Co-Founder!

·         StarhawkAuthor, Permaculture Teacher, Witch, & International Activista!

·         Nala Walla, Body Ecologist & Permaculture Teacher!

·         Eva Edleston & Molly Murphy, FireSpeaking & The Mudgirls!

·         Paul Cienfuegos, Democracy Activist to End Corporate Dominance!

·         Marc Tobin, Village Leader & Designer, Former Exec at Lost Valley Educational Center!

·         Karen Hery, Inventor of Portland's Acclaimed Sunnyside Swap Shop and many more!


This VBC will be a 10 day hands-on event when thousands of people will live as sustainable urban Villagers once more! 


In every quadrant of the city, communities will be working together to directly transform the spaces where they live into ecological and sacred places that express creative and democratic participation.

Please let us know if you want to come and join us for the Village Building Convergence of 2012, May 25 to June 3!

If you have not yet heard of the VBC, please go to, where you will also find a registration form for the event, or call 503-235-8946 
to learn more.

VBC12 Sponsors Include: The Portland Bureau of Transportation,  the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and the Bureau of Environmental Services, as well as Metro Regional Government, Communitecture, Inc, The Rebuilding Center, KBOO Community Radio, People's Food COOP, M Realty, Hankins Hardware, Barrett Ecological Services, Rising Vision LLC, and Portland's ReDirect Guide.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Reminder of street closures on Sunday morning

Several thousand runners and walkers will be traversing the southern part of Sullivan's Gulch this Sunday morning. They will be part of the Rock and Roll Half Marathon event, which
- NE 21st southbound lane
- NE Multnomah - eastbound lane
- NE 16th (behind the movie theater) - both lanes
- NE Lloyd Blvd - both lanes
- Steel Bridge - eastbound lanes and off ramp

Other streets downtown and in SE will be closed, as well. Complete details at:

Runners like to be cheered on, especially during the final few miles of a long race (13.1 miles)!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Community Preparedness Expo June 2

You and your neighbors are invited to Resilience PDX, a community preparedness expo sponsored by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and other community partners. The event will share information and offer skills workshops on disaster preparedness. Should a disaster strike our region, one of the best tools to rescue and recovery will be our neighbors and prepared neighborhoods.

Watch our video(s) to learn more ( and then share the link!

What: Resilience PDX Expo

Why: Information & tips on disaster preparedness to build prepared and resilient neighborhoods

When: Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: King School, 4906 NE 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97211

How Much: Free!



Monday, April 23, 2012

Tomorrow is the deadline for voter registration for the May 15 primary

Tuesday, April 24 is the registration deadline for voters wanting to participate in the May 15 Oregon primary. April 24 is also the deadline for voters wanting to change their party registration in time to vote in the May 15 primary.

Deadlines to register on that day are as follows: 5:00 p.m. at the Multnomah County Elections office, a USPS postmark of April 24 for mail submission or online registration at by 11:59 p.m.

Registered voters in Multnomah County will be mailed a ballot for the May 15 primary on April 27.

Questions about voter registration status, address changes, etc. may be directed to Multnomah County Elections at 503-988-3720.

Trimet changes coming

April 30 is the cut off date to use old non-foil tickets.  If you have a big stash of them take them downtown to the Trimet office in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Trimet has finalized the proposed changes and scheduled them for Sept. 2.  

Ticket price - 1 price for all trips $2.50; 2 hour transfers; end free student passes; Honored Citizen continue at $1 (ridiculous!)

MAX - end Free Rail Zone (The City is in discussion with Trimet to continue some version of Free Rail Zone and Student passes.)

Line 8 OHSU - the north terminus will be NE Dekum and Durham; will continue downtown to OSHU as it does now.

Line 9 Broadway - will continue downtown but change into the #17 Holgate line; no change to the route on Broadway and north.

Line 73 Multnomah-Broadway-24th (old #10) - this will go the Rose Quarter Transit Center and turn into the Line 70 (12th Ave/Milwaukie) providing better north-south connection.

Line 77 Broadway to NW Portland - after the Steel Bridge it will no longer go directly past Union Station but continue on Everett/Glisan to NW 21st over to Vaughn to Montgomery Park.

Full details here.

Spring comes to Sullivan's Gulch

SGNA Land Use Committee meeting May 1, 7 pm


Date: May 1, 2012

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: Holladay Park Plaza


1.  NE 21st and NE Multnomah - Zoning Amendment Change recommendation to N /NE Quadrant planning Project. Diane Hale of BPS, and John and Cleo Rumpakis, owners of the property at NE 221st and NE Multnomah will discuss and reach agreement on the Zoning Amendment changes to be proposed as part of the N/ NE Quadrant Planning Project and the coordinated steps and actions being requested of John, BPS, and the SGNA Board and LUPTC committee for presentation at the next Stakeholders Advisory Committee Meeting on May 10th.

2.  Albina Site - Lauren Jones, of Capstone Partners, LLC has requested time to discuss and coordinate the scheduling and presentation of the project for design review by the the City of Portland.

3. Charette of April 19, 2012 - informal review and discussion of notes from the meeting.

4. NE 28th pedestrian crossing - progress, next steps

Please respond with addition and/or corrections to the proposed agenda no later than the end of business on Friday, April 27th.

Thank you. 

Brittain Brewer
M 503.309.1675