What UNR does, and why

Portland grassroots group United Neighborhoods for Reform seeks to stem the demolition of viable, affordable housing. 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; in 2017 on May 17; and in 2018 on Feb. 1.

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

Thursday, January 8, 2015

What's up, DRAC?

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.

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