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, December 18, 2014

There was so much to say, we'll go back in February

Council showed interest in United Neighborhoods for Reform's proposals in the demolition/development resolution, in both demolition practice(s) and forward-thinking ways, hinting at the possibility for improved new development. At least they hit the pause button on recommendations from the Development Review Advisory Committee to take a longer, bigger look at demolition and development issues that impact everyone.

If you missed attending the hearing, you can watch the video here; the United Neighborhoods for Reform presentation starts at about 162:45.

Thank you to all who've supported the cause so far. We hope you'll attend our City Hall session Part II, set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12.

In the meantime, watch the movie that Fred Lifton made for the effort, which debuted today at City Hall and clearly shows what neighborhoods give and get in these heavy demo days.

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