What UNR does, and why

Portland grassroots group United Neighborhoods for Reform seeks to stem the demolition of viable, affordable housing and its replacement with expensive and inefficient large single-family homes. Our demolition/development resolution, developed through significant neighbor outreach, gathered endorsements from 43 neighborhood associations citywide. We also regularly take our message to City Hall, starting in December 2014, continuing in 2015 on Feb. 12, June 3 (UNR presenters start at 51:20), Oct. 14 (UNR at 1:07:35), and Nov. 25 (UNR at 1:05); in 2016 on Feb. 17, Nov. 9 and 16, and Dec. 7; and in 2017 on May 17.

"The time is always right to do what is right."
—Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Endorsements keep rolling in

Another vote of support—this time from Eliot Neighborhood Association—calls for a map update.
Neighborhoods highlighted in green endorse the demolition/development resolution.
In response to queries, I aim to include a talking point about the resolution or some background about United Neighborhoods for Reform with every post to this blog.

The first:


1. What is United Neighborhoods for Reform?

United Neighborhoods for Reform came about through a series of summits (three) that occurred over the summer and fall of 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Al Ellis, immediate past present of Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association, did most of the organizing with help from other Beaumont-Wilshire board members and staff from the Central Northeast Neighbors coalition office. 

Ellis was motivated by the groundswell of concern over the rapid loss of unique affordable housing citywide as well as the new construction that took its place, including how it was performed and its effects.

The summits drew people from 37 neighborhoods, or more than a third of Portland's recognized neighborhood associations, including residents of:

Alameda
Arlington Heights
Boise
Bridlemile
Brooklyn
Buckman
Beaumont-Wilshire
Concordia
East Columbia
Eastmoreland
Eliot
Far Southwest
Grant Park
Hillsdale
Hillside
Hosford-Abernathy
Irvington
King
Lake Oswego
Laurelhurst
Madison South
Maplewood
Mt Scott-Arleta
Multnomah
North Tabor
Northwest
Piedmont
Richmond
Rose City Park
Roseway
South Burlingame
Sabin
Sellwood-Moreland
South Burlingame
Sunnyside
Woodstock
Northwest District Association

Representatives from other groups also were present at at least one summit, including the city's Bureau of Development Services, Hollywood Star, Realtors, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, and Restore Oregon.

After the successful outreach effort, United Neighborhoods for Reform took the input and tasked a subcommittee with writing a demolition/development resolution. Although its drafters do not expect City Council to paste the resolution directly into code (does that ever happen?), United Neighborhoods for Reform does ask for serious consideration of its stance and suggestions. As early investors in the neighborhood, property owners and tenants have a vested interest in what rises (and razes) around them. Neighbor input also is the key to more successful development.

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