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.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Welcome, Arbor Lodge, Eastmoreland, Marshall Park, Russell, and West Portland Park

A sign of other times serves for now. For the story
behind it, listen here.
More neighborhoods are endorsing the demolition/development resolution, asking for change in how Portland trashes its unique, affordable well-crafted housing and in what goes up in its wake.

It was more than a year ago that Mayor Hales spoke out about the quality of construction shooting up citywide, "I want to reconsider the question of what we are allowing for infill in single-family neighborhoods. What is happening now, in some cases is costing us a lot of public goodwill," he said. "It's a bad bargain."

A year later and with input from residents of 37 neighborhoods and endorsement from 21 neighborhood associations, United Neighborhoods for Reform presents a resolution with answers to the question. We've done the hard work in the year since the mayor himself identified the problem—it's time to move on it.

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