Sunday, January 4, 2015

Come Dream the Year with Us

Please join us for our first meeting of the new year!

The Woodstock Neighborhood Association meets this coming Wednesday, January 7 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30) at the Woodstock Community Center.

We have one item of official business: to vote on bringing Chris Tarwater onto our board of directors as WNA's new Webmaster.

We'll then commence with an organizational orientation for anyone who wants to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how people can plug in, and then get into a preview and brainstorm of WNA-sponsored special events for the coming year.

WNA is focused on building community for ALL who reside in Woodstock, as well as those who work or own property here. With your help we will continue in our quest to make Woodstock one of the best places in the world to live!

NOTE: The WNA Board usually meets immediately after the general meeting, but this month we're planning a longer strategy session, which has been scheduled for a week later, Wednesday, January 14, from 6:30 to 9:00, at Fenders Moto Cafe.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Community event: Live Band Los Dos at Fenders Moto Cafe

Fri, Dec 12, 8:00 PM until 10:00 PM
4336 SE Woodstock Blvd
4336 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR, United States
This great local Band will be at Fenders Friday night. These guys are great. Come on down to Woodstocks only live Band venue and enjoy a date night. Kids are always welcome.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Join Us for Woodstock Charrette Finale on December 4th

The Woodstock Charrette is Not Over Yet!

Please save THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 4, and plan to come out one more time to All Saints Episcopal Church (corner of Woodstock Blvd. and SE 40th Ave.) for a WOODSTOCK CHARRETTE FINAL COMMUNITY PRESENTATION. Doors open at 6:30PM and the main event begins at 7:00.

There will be a few more concept drawings to look at, and once again you will have a chance to express your opinions and weigh in on important design considerations for the future of Woodstock Boulevard. This presentation will be considerably different than the one that took place on October 27th, so we encourage all neighbors to come, regardless of whether you were able to attend that night or not.

About 90 folks turned out for both the first and last meetings of the October 23-27 Woodstock Charrette (a.k.a. Visioning Project), and almost as many dropped by during the Saturday afternoon open house. After all was said and done, the National Charrette Institute team members sat down with the neighborhood charrette committee (representatives from WNA, the Woodstock Community Business Association, WCBA Stakeholders and Reed College) and decided to "roll up our sleeves," as Bill Lennertz put it, "and get back to work, to get it right." The feeling was there was not enough time built into the charrette process, and enough feedback loops, to be able to develop a satisfactory final report. So all parties are putting their heads together in order to deliver a revised presentation to the community.

PLEASE NOTE: The December 4th meeting is in lieu of our usually scheduled First Wednesday WNA meeting. We will return to that schedule, and the Woodstock Community Center, on January 7, 2015.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Friday is October 31st!

Join us for the annual Woodstock Neighborhood Halloween party this Friday, October 31st!  

Sponsored by New Seasons Market and Woodstock Tax Service, we will be kicking things off at 4:30pm at the Woodstock Community Center, located at 5905 SE 43rd Ave., and the fun will last until about 8:00pm.

Enjoy live music by local musicians, Status Crow and Genie T.  TapSnap Photographer, Scott Farestrand, will be there to capture you in all your Halloween finery and send you home with a keepsake photo. There are crafts and games for the kiddos, along with popcorn, warm apple cider, and sweet snacks for everyone!  Hot dogs will be available for little trick-or-treaters, graciously provided by Otto's.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for some great items from local businesses.  (Check back soon for a list.)

Big THANK YOU to all our sponsors for this year's event!
  • New Seasons
  • Woodstock Tax Service
  • Scott Farestrand of TapSnap Photography
  • Sauvie Island Farms
  • The UPS Store
  • Cornhole by O'Tingley
  • El Gallo Taqueria
  • Kahut Waster Services
  • Kid's Castle Cuts
  • Otto's Sausage Kitchen
  • Pace Setter Athletic
  • Palm Beach Tan
  • Papaccino's
  • Portland Fish Market
  • T and A Enterprises, LLC
  • 47th Avenue Farms
  • Lonesomeville Pottery

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Feedback Loop

We're into Day 3 already of the four-day intensive Woodstock Charrette (a.k.a. Visioning Project).... The National Charrette Institute team, assisted by volunteers from the neighborhood, have been hard at work listening, collecting ideas, compiling data, and beginning to render some visions and solutions on paper for our consideration.

All Saints Episcopal Church has been converted into a design studio which has been open these past couple days for people to drop in and observe the process or just take a look at all the evidence of the big visioning session that took place Thursday evening.

Based on my personal observation, some of the main conversational themes that have emerged so far in the charrette process are:
  • Community—creating public gathering spaces and developing in a way that welcomes diversity.
  • Walkability—encouraging a safe and friendly environment for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Autos—finding solutions for slowing, traffic, decreasing congestion and solving parking problems before they develop. One challenge is to remove parking lots the face the boulevard (which now create an unattractive "gap-toothed" pattern along Woodstock) while avoiding the kinds of parking nightmares experiences in the Hawthorne and Division commercial districts. Unimproved streets figure prominently in the traffic management conversation, especially those closest to Woodstock. Public transit is another important element.
  • Zoning and Buildings—locals are open to a future that includes larger mixed-use buildings along Woodstock (roughly SE Cesar Chavez to SE 57th), i.e., retail on ground floor with apartments or office spaces above, but prefer the height of those buildings to be capped at 3 floors (as opposed to 4).
Please join us for the Open House event, today (Saturday, Oct. 25) from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This is one of the main feedback loops of the charrette, our chance to let the designers know whether they're taking us in the right direction.... Hope to see you there!

Please also turn out and tell your neighbors about the Public Results Meeting scheduled for 6:30 to 9:00 pm on Monday, Oct. 27. This is where we get to see the final results of the community design process.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Visioning our Main Street Together: Oct. 23, 24, 25 & 27


Thursday, October 23rd is the date of the first big public session of the "Woodstock Design Project," a.k.a. Woodstock Charrette, starting at 6:30pm and going til about 9:00.

An Open House on Saturday, October 25th from 4:00 to 6:00pm, will give people a chance to check on the progress of the National Charrette Institute's 5-person design team in translating neighborhood ideas into visuals, and give further input and feedback. The public may drop by the studio anytime from 10:00am to 4:00pm on October 24th, 25th and 27th.

We encourage everyone to turn out for the big public meeting at the conclusion of the four-day intensive, scheduled for 6:30 to 9:00pm on Monday, October 27th, where the NCI team will present the "products" (i.e., drawings, maps, reports) generated through the community vision/design process. 

Location of all charrette events is All Saints Episcopal Church, located on the north side of Woodstock Blvd. between SE 40th and SE 41st Aves.


Come together with other Woodstockians — i.e., people who live and/or work in or near Woodstock, or own property here, and have an interest in our business district — to think about, discuss, consider and express your own unique vision for Woodstock's main street, and its place within the Woodstock neighborhood and greater Portland. We keep hearing the drumbeat: "Density, Density, Density" and city planners talk about zoning for higher density along transit corridors. Is Woodstock such a corridor? If so, how can we, as a community, plan for that growth and help shape it?

It's really important to get as many local residents involved in the charrette conversations as possible. Please join us! And please help us spread the word about the Woodstock Charrette by telling your neighbors...

Click on the flyer below to see the schedule of all the public events and drop-in hours. Click here to download a PDF version of the flyer.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Petition: Help Stop the Demolition of Portland Homes and keep Portland Sustainable

Portland citizens are working together to fight the “epidemic” of house demolitions throughout the city.  The Mayor and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz have tasked a group called the Development Advisory Review Committee (DRAC) to come up with short-term fixes for issues raised by the community that can be adopted by City Council by the end of 2014.   There are long term issues that must be addressed as well early in 2015, but we need action now by DRAC and the City Council in these 6 critical areas to help protect the character and integrity of our neighborhoods:

·         Restore the mandatory 35-day delay on all residential building demolitions by repeal of the “K-1” exemption for one-to-one house replacements.

·         Require that demolition permit applicants be required to attest to their compliance with all State and Federal environmental and safety regulations, including those related to asbestos and lead.

·         Establish a new definition of “demolition” that specifies that removal of 50% or more of the current structure is defined as a demolition.

·         Retain the existing language in City Code providing for 120-day residential demolition delay upon request (during the initial 35-day period) by a recognized neighborhood association or neighborhood coalition, with the understanding that a good-faith effort be made by the association to find an alternative to demolition.

·         Provide proper notification to the public of filed demolition permits by posting of a large, conspicuous sign on the site and email notification to the affected neighborhood association and the neighborhood coalition.

·         Establish a rigorous definition of “deconstruction,” a vastly more environmentally friendly alternative to simple demolition and disposal of the debris in a land fill, and define appropriate incentives to encourage deconstruction, providing that such incentives not interfere with the working of the optional 120-day demolition delay or appropriate notice requirements.