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.

Next up: A whole lotta "engagement theatre" arrives in form of Residential Infill Project open houses
• 5-7 pm Thursday, Oct. 19, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, 4815 NE 7th Ave.
• 5-7 pm Monday, Oct. 23, Central Northeast Neighbors, 4415 NE 87th Ave.
• 5-7:30 pm Monday, Oct. 30, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway
• 5-7:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 2, Kenton Fire House, 8105 N. Brandon
• 5-7:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 7, Southeast Uplift, 3524 SE Main.
Written comment to: residential.infill@portlandoregon.gov and/or City of Portland Bureau of Planning, Attn: RIP, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201.

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Even while it's icy, we're painting the town green

Neighborhoods highlighted in green have endorsed the demolition/development
resolution, which heads to City Council next month. 

Four more neighborhood associations have endorsed United Neighborhoods for Reform's demolition/development resolution: Bridlemile, Concordia, King, and Northwest District. Now to the other 86 ...

Discussion at the neighborhood meetings has been lively, with many neighbors showing up to share their boots-on-the-ground perspective, whether it's the loss of property values from poorly constructed homes going up adjacent to them to the shame of failing to deconstruct, instead of tossing in the landfill, homes built with materials of such high quality you probably can't buy them anymore.

One neighborhood was so ready to endorse the resolution that the two board members who couldn't come to the meeting sent in letters of support in advance in case there was any question how the vote would go. It should warm all our hearts that Portland residents care so much, and want to be counted as in favor of change.

By the way, we know the resolution isn't perfect, although in crafting it United Neighborhoods for Reform involved more than 100 people in the process and received input from residents of 37—more than a third—of Portland neighborhoods. Despite each neighborhood's individual challenges and priorities, the resolution offers protections and ideas that can help us all.

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