Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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
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
- Portland Fish Market
- T and A Enterprises, LLC
- 47th Avenue Farms
- Lonesomeville Pottery
Saturday, October 25, 2014
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 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
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.
PLEASE JOIN US!
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
The Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred in the Woodstock Neighborhood of Southeast Portland.
On Tuesday September 30, 2014, at 11:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 6100 block of Southeast 52nd Avenue.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 30-year-old Michael William Olson, deceased after suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. Olson resided in the Woodstock Neighborhood.
Homicide investigators believe Olson was killed in the course of a robbery.
An eyewitness described the suspect as possibly being a light-skinned African American or Hispanic male.
Homicide investigators are continuing to follow leads this morning and believe there may be several people with information about the shooting. This is the 19th homicide in Portland in 2014.
Witnesses may contact the investigators directly or, to remain anonymous, they may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.
Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.
Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.
Det. Rico Beniga
Det. Mark Slater