|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.