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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

This movie will move you, and so should the latest zoning scheme

This summer, journalist Cornelius Swart previewed his movie, Priced Out, chronicling changes in Northeast Portland to private audiences; now it's headlining the 44th edition of the Northwest Filmmakers' Festival at 7 pm Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. The cream always rises, and this film's no different; grab tickets here.

It couldn't be better timed for the RIP-roaring days ahead brought to you in the form of the city planners' Residential Infill Project. More on that coming soon. If you're already versed in the proposal and its sweeping and inequitable impacts (here's another movie, this one detailing a Seattle neighborhood's experience with similar upzoning), go ahead and write here online or to:

residential.infill@portlandoregon.gov and/or City of Portland Bureau of Planning, Attn: RIP, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

(Be sure to save a copy.)