As recently as 2007, almost 50 percent of Oregonians said it was more important "to expand the highway system to reduce traffic congestion" than "to preserve and maintain the highways Oregon already has." As of this year, that's fallen to 29 percent.
Read more here
Watch an award-winning KGW documentary
from 1967 which focuses on "how the African-American citizens of Portland had historically been marginalized and how the Albina neighborhood had been overlooked by city leaders for development and educational opportunities."
"The number of single-family home demolitions has skyrocketed since the end of the recession. City regulators have approved more than 230 demolitions so far this year, up 40 percent from all of 2011. Now neighbors are pushing back, arguing they deserve ample advance warning when a house is about to come down." Read the full story
in the Oregonian.
photo by Melissa Binder/The Oregonian
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has been a big supporter of the Sabin Bee-Friendly Garden Project. Now, it's our turn to support them!
On Wednesday, December 11, drop by the Lloyd Center Chipotle
(704 NE Weidler) any time between 4:00 and 8:00 pm for a delicious south-of-the-border dinner. Tell them you're there to support Portland Urban Beekeepers, and they'll donate HALF of the purchase price to the beekeepers group.
If you're not familiar with Chipotle, they commit to using only ingredients that are raised with respect for the animals, the farmers and the environment. Read more about their commitment to "food with integrity" here
PUB board members will be there to greet people, so be sure to say hello and thank them for supporting the Sabin Bee-Friendly Garden Project.
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Urban coyotes are mostly nocturnal, but inner NE Portland residents have seen them in dark alleyways, on busy streets and even wandering along upscale Alameda Avenue with its stately homes and manicured gardens.
Stanley Gerht, associate professor at Ohio State University, studies urban coyotes living in Chicago, and has found
that they help keep rats and Canada geese populations under control. Gerht points out
that coyotes "have a very healthy fear of us" and pose almost no threat to humans.
Urban coyotes primarily consume rodents, but they also eat garbage, compost, pet food, fruit and vegetables from gardens, birds, insects and the occasional free-roaming cat or small dog, according to the Audubon Society of Portland
. They live in burrows, under fallen trees, in brambles and other spaces that some offer protection from the weather.
According to Audubon, "There has only been one human death attributed to coyote predation in the United States. This occurred in California in the 1970s when a coyote that had been deliberately habituated to human handouts preyed upon his human feeder's three-year-old child. In Oregon the only documented "attack" on a human was a provoked situation in which a man was bitten while attempting to beat a cornered coyote to death with a 2x4. Those incidents that have occurred nationwide most often fall into the category of nips, bites and scratches rather than predatory attacks and almost always follow situations in which the coyote has been deliberately habituated to human handouts."
If you don't purposely feed coyotes, you're unlikely to have problems with them. You can also take these steps to avoid feeding them unintentionally:
* secure trash and compost bins
* remove fruit that has fallen from trees
* keep pet food and small pets indoors
* eliminate opportunities for rats to breed in or around your yard
If you see a coyote in Portland city limits, you can report it to the Urban Coyote Project, a collaborative effort between Portland State University geographers and Portland Audubon Society, by filling out an online form
. The purpose of the project is to learn more about urban coyotes and how people respond to them.
Ben Kaiser is moving ahead with building an 85' condo building on N. Williams, despite pleas from neighbors to scale it back a bit. Read more about the man and his mission in this story
from the Oregonian.
lot on Williams owned by Ben Kaiser - photo by Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian
Some folks in the Eastmoreland neighborhood are pushing for a change in the city code that allows homes to be demolished without any prior notice under certain conditions. The Oregonian is trying to gauge opinions on this subject. Read more on this topic and weigh in here
If you want to know what's happening in our neighborhood, check out MLK in Motion
photos courtesy of MLK in Motion
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The Northeast Backpack Lunch Program, which provides weekend meals for more than 150 needy children at Woodlawn, Scott and King schools, seeks turkeys and hams to donate to the families of these children for the holidays.
The Northeast Backpack Lunch Program,
in its 5th year, puts two lunches in the backpacks of children at risk of hunger every week of the year to ensure they will have something to eat on Saturdays and Sundays.
During December, the group wants to add to the gift. If you are interested in donating a turkey or ham, or would like to make a cash contribution, please contact Alan at Fremont United Methodist Church
, the sponsoring organization. For more info, call 503-284-4647
In 1914, a group of Volga Germans purchased the lot at NE 9th and Fremont, and built a church for their newly formed congregation. Services at the Zion German Congregational Church were held in German until 1958. Over time, the younger generations, who did not understand German, began to move away in search of newer housing and English-language church services. During the 1960s, the church merged with other dwindling Volga German congregations and in 1972, they sold the building and moved to a new facility in outer east Portland.
In 2009, the Greater Gresham Baptist Church
purchased the old Zion church, with plans to renovate the building and "change the lives of the people in this community." As they noted, the old building is "within a 3-mile radius of 250,000 people, ninety-five percent of whom are not actively involved in a church."
When the renovation did not progress as quickly as planned, Greater Gresham formed a partnership with Door of Hope
, a church that was seeking to establish a ministry in inner northeast Portland. Door of Hope is currently renovating the church and plans to open for Christmas Eve services.
More details about the church history are available on volgagermans.net