General Meeting, Thursday, January 30th at 7pm

The Piedmont Neighborhood Association will hold it’s quarterly January meeting this Thursday, January 30th at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the June Key Delta Community Center (5940 North Albina St. – just south of Peninsula Park).

Hear are a few of the featured topics:

  • Steve Buel, Piedmont Neighborhood’s elected member of the Portland Board of Education, will be present to talk about his work on the board, his views on education and anything else he’s inspired to address. He has been an active voice via editorials in The Oregonian and Willamette Week, and on his Facebook page. Expect him to provide a candid update on the negotiations between Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers.  We are allotting 15-20 minutes specifically for Q&A follow-up.
  • Jim Bittner, of Cascade Radon,will present information about the radon issues we face here in Portland. Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States, and this presentation can help clarify how to test for radon in your home and, if present, options for removing it. Jim will share a short slideshow presentation, then answer questions from the audience.

Please join us to learn more about your neighborhood!

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.

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:

Lombard Blvd Study

The project would consider problems and solutions for North Lombard Street roughly between NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and N Washburne Ave. North Lombard is designated a “main street” in the Metro 2040 Growth Concept, and it is also US 30 – a state highway. The goal of the project is to explore ways to create a more walkable and vibrant main street that serves and unites our neighborhoods. There are issues around pedestrian safety and comfort, transit service, sense of place, land use, and economic development/business vitality. These issues are affected by Lombard’s designation as state highway and freight route. The outcomes of the work may help inform the City’s Comprehensive Plan update for this area.

The Lombard corridor is one of the most active public transit areas in the City of Portland. However, Lombard lacks attractive sidewalks and safe street crossings beyond the Interstate Avenue intersection. Much could be accomplished when considering the pedestrian experience.

As much of an economic hub as Lombard is, it lacks a true sense of place and vitality. Kenton is well known for the giant Paul Bunyan statue and the Denver Avenue businesses. Arbor Lodge has the beautiful park along Willamette Boulevard. In between these gems is North Lombard Street – a long stretch of road that many simply consider as a means to get from point A to point B. The great thing about Lombard Street is that a vital Lombard can help meet the City’s goal for the 20 minute neighborhood. Much could be examined in regards to land use, design and economic development.

It is in the best interest for all North Portland associations and alliances to support student efforts to study this key North Portland commercial corridor, especially considering the City of Portland’s current Comprehensive Plan update effort. Between North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS), ALNA, PNA, KNA, KBA,and ICBA, and other possible stakeholders, we offer full support to planning students.

Meeting for Greenway Project Tomorrow Night

Bryant-Holman Connector Neighborhood Greenway Safety Project Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 11th 6-8 pm
Rosemont Court Community Room
597 N Dekum Street

Tomorrow night, Thursday, Aug. 11th the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will host the first of two open house meetings to discuss the Bryant-Holman Connector Neighborhood Greenway Safety project.  According to the PBOT the purpose of the first meeting is to provide an overview of neighborhood greenways, review existing traffic conditions on the routes, and hear your feedback. City staff will return for a second meeting on Thursday, September 8th to present recommendations on specific improvements.

This project will create family friendly connection between all of these new routes to create a consistent, low-stress network between North and Northeast Portland that connects schools, parks, and businesses with low-stress, family-friendly streets.

The overall goal of this project, highlighted on a map provided by the city, is to:

  • Reduce speeds on residential streets
  • Minimize cut-through traffic on local streets
  • Ensure safe crossings of busy streets for pedestrians and bicycle riders
  • Provide safe and convenient access to schools, parks, and local businesses

For questions about the public meetings, please contact Kyle Chisek at 503-823-7041 or kyle.chisek@portlandoregon.gov.