Full Median at Michigan Ave and Rosa Parks Way

Members of the Piedmont Neighborhood Association recently met with the PBOT project manager of the Michigan Ave Neighborhood Greenway project, Ross Swanson, to talk about some continuing problems with cut-throughs on the greenway from driver’s trying to avoid traffic on I-5.

Mr. Swanson showed us traffic counts that showed that cut-throughs were indeed still a problem and agreed to move on to phase 2 of the project – adding a full medium to the crossing at Rosa Parks Way.

A overhead diagram of the Michigan Ave crossing at Rosa Parks Way showing a full medium.

A overhead diagram of the Michigan Ave crossing at Rosa Parks Way showing a full median.

As you can see from the diagram above, the full median will allow people walking or riding bikes to cross Rosa Parks, but will not allow cut-through drivers to turn left from Michigan Ave on to Rosa Parks and continue to I-5 North. Work on the full-median is expected to begin shortly.

We know that a lot of neighbors are concerned that the full-median will simply shift cut-through over one block over to Mississippi Ave. We shared that concern with Mr. Swanson and shared some ideas for diverting cut-though drivers earlier in the neighborhood. Mr. Swanson said he would take these ideas to a PBOT traffic engineer and the overall Neighborhood Greenway Program Managers. Recently we heard from Mr. Swanson and unfortunately there is no remaining budget available for diversion improvements earlier on the Neighborhood Greenway.

The Piedmont Neighborhood Association is now planning to write a letter in conjunction with the Humboldt Neighborhood Association to ask the PBOT and Commissioner Novick, who is in charge of the PBOT, for improvements to the Neighborhood Greenway to reduce cut-throughs.

Please comment below if you have any input on these changes to the Michigan Neighborhood Greenway.

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Peninsula Rose Garden Weeding Party – April 15th

Foliar damage caused by herbicide overspray.

Foliar damage caused by herbicide overspray.

Monday, April 15, 8am – 12pm

We have scheduled a work party on Monday to weed the slopes at the Peninsula Park Rose Garden. We are hoping to cut down on the use of herbicides in the garden this year, so your help getting on top of the weeds early in the season would be greatly appreciated.
Join us if you can for an hour or two or all morning. Bring a friend;  the more of us doing this work, the quicker it will be done. Also please bring your favorite weeding tool as our weeding tools are a bit limited at the garden.

If you can, let me know if you can make it so we can plan accordingly. My e-mail is penrosegarden@gmail.com.

Thanks ever so much and hope to see many of you on Monday.

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Piedmont Neighborhood Cleanup

Piedmont Neighborhood Association is operating its second annual Neighborhood Cleanup on Saturday, April 27th from 9am to 3pm for people to come and dump their unwanted trash and Swap things that still have value and are in good condition for others to use.

Volunteers are needed, please contact Justin at Piedmontneighbors@gmail.com. Volunteers will get lunch and be able to dump without paying the standard donation fees of $5 per car or $10 per truck for the day.

If you know of anyone around town who might be interested please have them put up the flyer linked below.

Cleanup Flyer

 

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Lombard Re-Imagined!

Lombard Re-Imagined is a community effort to develop a vision for a better Lombard Street.  Swift Planning Group, a team of Portland State graduate students, have partnered with several North Portland neighborhood associations (including Piedmont) on this effort that will focus on how the corridor can become a more walkable place with a unique identity that serves the needs of its neighbors.
Members of the Swift Planning Group will be at the March General Meeting to hear from you!  We’re looking forward to a discussion about your concerns, priorities, and ideas for how to make Lombard Street a street that truly works for you.  In the meantime, we’d love for Piedmont neighbors to take our online survey, like us on Facebook, or follow our website blog at www.lombardreimagined.com.  You can also e-mail us atlombardreimagined@gmail.com.
In case you need the full links that are hyperlinked above, they are:
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Piedmont – Woodlawn Friends of Trees Planting

Hello Neighbors!

Piedmont and Woodlawn had their annual tree planting on February 2nd. It was a huge success! They planted 187 trees, 101 in Piedmont and 86 in Woodlawn. 168 volunteers did the work, 38 of those were Friends of Trees tree team captains and trainees, so 130 people from our neighborhoods came out that day to plant!

If you happen to visit Dave’s Killer Bread, New Seasons, Breakside Brewery, AJ Java, or Starbucks please give them a huge thank you for their donation to the party!

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Piedmont Trees Inventory

Four volunteers have stepped up and requested support from Portland Parks to conduct a tree inventory of the Piedmont Neighborhood!

More people are needed! If you wish to participate please mark your calendar for the Saturday, March 16th training session and register at the link below, we can carpool out there. Here is an excerpt from the approval letter:

On Saturday, March 16 a required planning session will be held from 9 am to noon at SE Uplift at 3534 SE Main St. All persons who will be assisting with organizing the tree inventory are encouraged to attend. Please register ahead of time at: http://tinyurl.com/treeinventory2013. The planning session will cover inventory logistics, volunteer recruitment, planning tools, and responsibilities of your group and PP&R. Conducting an inventory and creating a Neighborhood Tree Plan are ambitious projects that require the help and commitment of a group to be successful.

Please bring the following items with you to the March 16 planning session:

Neighborhood calendar. In order to prevent conflicts with major neighborhood events, please research annual community events that occur each summer and bring a list with you. Inventory work days will be scheduled on Saturdays from 8:30 am to noon between June 22 and September 27. Each neighborhood will
select 3-4 inventory work days.

  • A list of possible staging sites for inventory workshops within your community.
  • Ideas for volunteer recruitment in your community.
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Peninsula Park Centennial Celebration June 27th

On June 27th a huge celebration will take place to commemorate the 100-year birthday of Peninsula Park. There will be many events for children and families to experience some historic activities that used to take place in Peninsula Park.
The Piedmont Neighborhood Association has chosen to focus our efforts in making this event and the events that are building up to this event a success for Piedmont and Peninsula Park community.
If you would be interested in assisting in some of these fun projects please contact the PNA Chair at PNAChair-at-gmail.com
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