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; in 2017 on May 17; and in 2018 on Feb. 1.

Next up: Development Review Advisory Committee meets 8-10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in Room 2500B on the second floor of 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave.

Portland Planning Commission takes up the Residential Infill Project at briefings:
12:30-3 p.m. February 13
5-7:30 p.m. February 27
12:30-3:30 p.m. March 13
5-7:30 p.m. April 24
then public hearings (prep your testimony!) May 8 and 15 at 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave., Room 2500.

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Here's how to look forward, with less destruction in mind

The ill-conceived House Bill 2007 certainly has brought on the turmoil and even name-calling by Speaker Kotek, who can't seem to figure out how to gracefully back away from the toxic mess. (By the way, the controversy has managed to stave the bill off the House Ways and Means agenda for another week, which means there's still time to make your voice heard—please do! See next post.)

Take it from a schoolkid: We can reuse houses, too.

It's especially refreshing to hear forward-looking words on land use, such as this from a recent article by Michael Mehaffy, who testified (along with Peggy Moretti of Restore Oregon) at the "information session" given HB2007 earlier this month:
We in the planning and development field need to work harder and more sincerely to find win-win approaches. At the same time, the neighborhood residents need to work harder to find the basis on which that win-win approach might operate. Right now the process is unnecessarily adversarial, and the winner too often is just plain bad development. 
Visit his blog here for more fresh thinking on Portland's problems and how to solve them less destructively.

Watch our movie here to see the city's losses (always affordable housing) and gains (never affordable housing) during this building boom, which continues even as stats from the U.S. Census Bureau show the city's growth rate is slowing.

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