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 UNR sighting: The Joint Subcommittee on Natural Resources gives the devastating House Bill 2007 a much-needed public hearing (with two days' notice!) at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 22, in Salem, 900 Court St. NE, Room H-174. Have you sent your emails yet?

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving thanks to activists citywide who volunteer time and energy to neighborhoods, and to everyone who makes the meetings

Mr. Pinchot's advice could help here & now.


As Mill Park and Reed join the group of neighborhood associations supporting United Neighborhoods for Reform's demolition/development resolution, it's time to provide more background on the effort. (For a separate overview of the issues and the players involved, read Brandon Spencer-Hartle's excellent summary on the Restore Oregon site.)

Installment 1 on this blog answered the question What is United Neighborhoods for Reform?

2. What does United Neighborhoods for Reform do?

United Neighborhoods for Reform (UNR) aims to curb the loss of affordable housing and to encourage more positive development in Portland neighborhoods. Through a demolition/development resolution drafted after a series of summits, UNR promotes and presents reasons to make change, and suggests how to do it.

After releasing the demolition/development resolution on Nov. 1, 2014, UNR representatives took it to neighborhood association meetings citywide. Dozens of presentations have been made, with neighborhood associations showing support for neighbors' voice in building Portland's future. (Check top right for an updated list of endorsing associations.)

We continue to garner support and field offers of help; we will need even more as we near Dec. 17, when we take the resolution to City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave., at 3:30 p.m.

The destruction of affordable housing decreases economic diversity among neighbors and accelerates gentrification, among other impacts. Other losses typically include elimination of mature tree canopy, reduced access to potential for solar energy, high-quality building materials sent to the landfill, and more.

UNR would like to help Portland regain its reputation as a "green" leader in sustainability and thoughtful planning. Thanks also go to the Development Review Advisory Committee for its preliminary work on these issues; we're making headway for improved investments for all.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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