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; in 2018 on Feb. 1; and many dates since.

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

Friday, May 15, 2020

Save the date—June 3! Sign up by June 2 to testify from your keyboard in defense of existing affordable housing

RIP will remove existing affordable housing and mature
urban tree canopy in favor of refill with high-impact,
high-profit projects, which developers and planners deem
"highest and best use" of land previously home to diverse residents.
Rendering courtesy RIPSAC 7  
After postponing the RIP hearing March 12, the same day the mayor put COVID-19 restrictions into effect, Wheeler resumes his push for the Residential Infill Project, this time in a City Council online hearing set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3.

However! You must sign up to testify by 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 2! Now's your chance to give our leaders a three-minute view of the avoidable outsize impacts of RIP; the deeper, uh, profitability bonus (at least the city's RIP announcement puts "Deeper Affordability Bonus" in quotes--'cause who we kidding); the laughable "limits" on McMansions (assuming they are unchanged from excepting the square footage of "basements" and "attics" generously interpreted); and so on.

Other methods to testify per the Bureau of Planning:

Click “Residential Infill Project” and then click the "Testify" button. 

City Council (scroll down at right for individual commissioners and the mayor)
Residential Infill Project Testimony 
1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130 
Portland, OR 97204 

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