|The hearth is here, but the home's in the landfill, along with decades-old|
quality craftsmanship and materials, and generations of history.
Photo by Mark McClure.
Puns aside, the Development Review Advisory Committee's demolition subcommittee met today, but the public wasn't invited. It's hard to sit one out when the stakes are so high, but perhaps the recommendations will return improved, and tailored to stem the increasing loss of affordable housing in Portland neighborhoods. It also would be great to see hazmat control during demolitions and deconstruction (incentivized by an increased tip fee for construction debris, for example) made part of the package.
As United Neighborhoods for Reform continues to field requests from neighborhood association leaders for presentations of the demolition/development resolution, interest in the effort grows and so do hopes for inclusion of neighbors' voice in conversations about building Portland. After all, Portlanders who have helped create thriving neighborhoods, through everything from tree plantings and cleanups to delivering newsletters and attending meetings, can be trusted to have a say in their neighborhoods' future.