Archive for August, 2009

Washington HS Community Center Open House

August 17, 2009

After much work & anticipation, the second of three open houses regarding the Washington High School Community Center will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 from 7:00-9:00pm at Buckman Elementary School, 320 SE 16th Avenue.

This is the chance to preview and comment on three design options and see how your vision for this facility matches with your friends and neighbors.  These designs will have incorporated results from the survey recently conducted by the BCA and Portland Parks & Recreation.

For more information on the project, Advisory Committee meetings and additional background information, go to  For specific interests, ideas and concerns, please email

Childcare is available but must be requested by August 21st.  Call 503/823-5113.


One Banana Peel At A Time

August 16, 2009

A great article on Buckman’s community composting site at 15th & Alder:

East Burnside Couplet Groundbreaking

August 16, 2009

From Mayor Sam Adams on August 12th, 2009:

Portland’s Central Eastside has languished for too long. Today marked a step toward a bustling, vital future for the district. This afternoon, I kicked off the official groundbreaking for the East Burnside/Couch Couplet Project.

Slated for completion by next fall, the project will create a new kind of one-way couplet: one designed to improve safety on one of our busiest arterials and humanize a street that has served as a barrier and has shortchanged the businesses and neighborhoods surrounding it. In the process, the project will create 120 jobs over the next 14 months.

I have long been a champion of this project, which reflects years of planning and community engagement. Property owners, businesses, and transportation advocates came together to create a vision that will prime redevelopment along Burnside. The completed couplet will feature bike lanes on Burnside from the east end of the bridge to 13th. It will offer safe crossings at every corner and a street environment that invites people to visit, dine, shop, and walk.

The project also includes “green street” improvements – trees and
stormwater swales that enhance the streetscape, filter stormwater, and protect water quality in the Willamette River. It will transform the intersection at Sandy and Burnside, providing an eastern “gateway” to the lower Burnside district, and moving traffic efficiently through what has been called the worst intersection in Portland.

Today’s groundbreaking happens thanks to an array of partners.
Neighbors from the Kerns and Buckman neighborhoods put in countless hours, as did the East Burnside Couch Design Advisory Committee and the Central Eastside Industrial Council. We owe them enormous thanks. In addition, special thanks go to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, an early proponent of the project who secured millions of dollars in federal funding for the project.

This is the type of project that makes Portland exceptional. It reflects our community engagement, our commitment to environmental sustainability, our investment in local businesses, and our willingness to take risks. I am proud to be a part of it, and am deeply grateful to all of those in the city who have helped to make it happen.

For more information about the project, visit

3rd Annual Haitian-Caribbean Festival (HaCaFest)

August 14, 2009

The Society For Haitian Arts & Culture is pleased to announce the 4th annual Haitian-Caribbean Festival on Saturday August 22, 2009 at Colonel Summers Park at 20th & SE Belmont from 11am to 6pm.

Join a day of celebration & fun, including caribbean food, dancing and music from all around the world, including Haiti, Cuba (Mambo-queens), Ghana (Chata Addy), Haitian traditional dance, African traditional dance, drumming circle with master drummer Carlos Gelin, reggae band The Sons Of Soil, Haitian band Balans, a Haitian-Caribbean Arts Exposition, plus prizes for raffle tickets, a fashion show & more!

Bring your drum & camping chair!

For more info please call 503/257-1014, 503/764-7244 or email: or visit