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City seeking input on ideas to revitalize the Eastbank Crescent and provide a public beach along the Willamette

Design ideas for the Eastbank Crescent and the Central City Potential Swimming Beach Study shared at open house on June 29 at the PCC CLIMB Center

The Willamette River has often been referred to as Portland’s front yard. Actually, it’s more like our own lake, swimming pool or beach, with potential to attract and accommodate even more sunbathers, swimmers, boaters, kayakers and water lovers of all kinds.

The City of Portland is studying how to create a vibrant public space along the Willamette, with improved fish and wildlife habitat. Planners are looking at the Eastbank Crescent, the riverfront site between the Hawthorne and Marquam Bridges just north of OMSI. The area includes the Holman Dock, a launch for multiple rowing and paddling clubs and popular with sunbathers in summer months. The dock is in disrepair and needs to be replaced, providing an opportunity to synchronize planning, clean up and repair efforts.

River attracts multiple users

The river is shallow here, drawing swimmers in addition to boaters. The shallow water, rare for the Central City, also presents an opportunity to improve habitat for multiple species of fish. The heavily used Greenway Trail traverses the site, with several confusing crossings and conflict points between cyclists, pedestrians and boaters carrying sculls.

To ensure public access to the river, a new dock, habitat restoration and trail improvements are coordinated and create a cohesive, well-functioning public space, the City is developing the Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan.

Swimming Study

Portland’s improved wastewater and stormwater runoff system has made the Willamette River much cleaner and safer for swimming. Consequently, more residents want access into and on the river. So the City is looking at five shallow-water sites along the river in the Central City, including the Eastbank Crescent, to determine if there is a suitable location for a family-friendly public beach.

Design ideas for the Eastbank Crescent and the Central City Swimming Beach Study will be presented for comment and feedback at a public open house on Wednesday, June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the PCC CLIMB Center. Please note that parking lot fees will be waived. Visit Tri-Met’s Trip Planner at to plan your route

For more information visit the project website or contact Lori Grant at

It’s 2035. What did the new Comprehensive Plan deliver?

Imagine … 20 years from now, what would Portland look like guided by our new long range plan for a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city?

A little more than 35 years ago, Portland welcomed its first Comprehensive Plan, a blue print for the city that would be admired around the world in the decades to come. In 1980, the population of Portland was 366,000, a little more than half of what it is today.

Back then, Mt St Helens had just erupted, and Supertramp and Donna Summers were all the rage. Smart phones were only on Star Trek, Microsoft had just 11 employees, and a kid could ride a bike without a helmet and get away with it.

Portlanders banded together into neighborhood associations to block the Mt Hood Freeway and ensured those transportation dollars would go toward the construction of the MAX blue line. A downtown parking lot was transformed into Pioneer Square, and the Harbor Freeway into Tom McCall Waterfront Park. And Portland’s 1980 Comp Plan directed population and employment growth into a series of “nodes and noodles.”

The rest is history.

Fast forward to 2035 ... Nodes and noodles have become “centers and corridors,” and Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan has helped a mid-sized city grow up. Portland has become a place where most people can live healthy lives, with access to good jobs, safe streets and bikeways, affordable housing, clean air and water, walkable neighborhoods, quality transit service and beautiful parks.

The 2035 Comp Plan built upon the best of Portland’s strong planning heritage, advanced a more equitable approach to neighborhood development and leveraged Portland’s rapid growth to balance prosperity, human and environmental health, equity and resilience.

Imagine 20 years from now …

… a Portland that has nearly a quarter of million new people living here. Places like Hollywood, the Jade District, North Pearl, and Barbur and Powell Boulevards will be high-functioning mixed use areas with easy access to transit and a range of housing types to meet the needs of smaller households, Portlanders who want to age in place, and an increasingly diverse population.

Imagine …

… a city with 140,000 more jobs. More middle-wage jobs and a balanced economy fueled by the preservation of industrial land, expansion of our colleges and hospitals, a robust Central City, and flourishing smaller businesses in centers and corridors.

… better transit with new routes throughout East Portland, connecting more residents with their jobs; and fewer cars on the road, creating more room for freight, bikes and pedestrians.

… healthier people who have easy, safe and pleasant routes to walk, bike or take transit.

… and a safer and more resilient Portland with well-maintained infrastructure.

Most of Portland’s diverse population would live in complete, healthy and safe neighborhoods, close to the amenities they need. Tens of thousands more well-paying jobs would offer residents financial security and a pathway to wealth. Increased housing options would make it possible for individuals and families to create households to their liking. And a robust transit system and greenway network would offer multiple transportation options for Portlanders to get to and from work, as well as other places they want to go.

Sound crazy? It’s not. If the 1980 Comp Plan could transform a city suffering from suburban flight and crumbling infrastructure into a destination city for tourists as well as newcomers looking for a place to call home … it’s entirely possible that the 2035 Comp Plan — built on the success of previous planning efforts and created with the benefit of more data and public involvement, and inspired by so many other forward-thinking cities — could successfully guide Portland well into the mid-21st century.

Thank you!

With the adoption of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan by City Council on June 15, 2016, Portland's long range plan for a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient Portland is on its way to the state for acknowledgement. And, thus, a reality.

Many thanks to the tens of thousands of community members who contributed to the plan. Just as with the 1980 Comp Plan, your contributions will be appreciated for generations to come.        

Your stuff matters! Including stuff you no longer want or need

Free online tools and resources to help you find a new home for practically anything you want to toss.

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Portland has many creative ways to donate usable items to neighbors and organizations. These online tools make it easy for you to reuse, borrow and share stuff you longer want or need.

Many groups and organizations are free and offer Portland-area residents simple ways to move useful materials through the community and into the hands of others who need them.

Metro has compiled a helpful list of charitable organizations you can contact for pick up or drop off usable items.

Here are a few other resources to get you started:

Freecycle is a grassroots movement committed to a sharing economy and helping people give and gain cool free stuff. It promotes reuse and keeping usable items out of landfills.

Paying it Forward Store
The Paying it Forward Store helps those in immediate need of clothing, coats and shoes and connects to other like-minded organizations by collecting and distributing donated items.

PDX Free Store
The PDX Free Store is like a rummage sale except everything is free—clothes, housewares, music, toys and games. Bring clean, working items to donate—take home items you need.

Rooster is a community of neighbors who share resources at no cost. It’s about borrowing things you need—and making rewarding connections in your community. Learn more about Rooster.

Nextdoor is a tool for getting helpful recommendations and resources from neighbors in addition to borrowing, donating or selling items.  

Buy Nothing Project
Buy Nothing Project members post anything you’d like to give away, lend or share. It is neighborhood- and Facebook-based, focused on items you’d like to borrow or acquire, at no cost, from neighbors.

Have unusable bulky items?
Your garbage and recycling company can remove large items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge. Call your company a week in advance and they will give you a cost estimate. For a reasonable charge, they will pick up appliances, furniture, large branches, stumps and other big items. For curbside pickup, set bulky items at your curb on the day your garbage and recycling company has agreed to pick them up. 

For discarded items abandoned in your neighborhood contact the Metro Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Patrol or call 503-234-3000.

Disclaimer: Neither BPS nor any of its partners endorse a particular business, company or any organization through the Curbsider Blog. Read the full disclaimer.

Portland’s City Council adopts the city’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Mayor and commissioners unanimously approve new land use plan to guide growth and development for the next 20 years; acknowledge contributions of community members

At roughly 2:50 p.m. today, Portland’s City Council made its final vote on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, marking the end of an unprecedented era of planning and community involvement, as well as numerous Council and Planning and Sustainability Commission hearings, work sessions and votes.

One by one, Commissioners voted “aye,” each of them offering kudos to the plan and the process of its creation. Casting the final vote, Mayor Charlie Hales said, “Comp Plans may be wonky, but it’s really important: It determines how our city grows. The impacts of this plan will resonate for decades  even a century. It was critical we got this right, and I think we did. Many, many thanks to our hardworking staff and devoted community members who made this possible.” 

Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan builds on the best of Portland’s planning legacy while charting a smart path to a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient future. The Plan ensures the city will have more and better housing for residents of all ages, abilities and incomes. It helps increase middle-wage jobs while protecting the environment and human health as well as lowering carbon emissions. And it provides for healthier neighborhoods and improved transit options, particularly in East Portland and other underserved areas.

Growing Up Not Out
Over the next two decades, Portland will welcome 260,000 new residents and 140,000 new jobs. The new plan manages how Portland will grow — leveraging new resources to build more complete neighborhoods. This means well-designed development that complements and serves surrounding neighborhoods, improves walkability and safety, expands housing choice, strengthens business districts, protects air and water quality and our natural environment, and supports our investments in transit and active transportation.

Stated Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson, “There’s a reason people from around the world are coming to Portland. They want to experience Portland’s diverse neighborhoods and vibrant downtown, get around on our great transit system and bike boulevards, and stroll along the river.

“These great places wouldn’t be here if there hadn’t been a good plan — or several good plans — that articulated a vision for a highly livable city,” she added. “The 2035 Plan builds on the best ideas from the 1980 Comp Plan: linking land use and transportation; preserving our industrial economy; creating a strong central city with jobs as well as housing; and enhancing our great neighborhoods and lively business districts.”

The 2035 Comp Plan meets 21st-century challenges by:

  • Integrating public health goals with land use planning.
  • Protecting Portland’s air and water quality, habitats and natural resources.
  • Emphasizing schools as centers of community.
  • Synchronizing investments in housing, transit and other infrastructure.
  • Giving people more transportation choices.
  • Calling for significant City investment in brownfield cleanup, transportation systems and affordable housing.
  • Recognizing that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for Portland’s different geographies (e.g., hilly west side, East Portland, small-block, inner ring neighborhoods). 

Process and Public Involvement
“Early on in the planning process — as far back as the Portland Plan and visionPDX — the issue of equity was central to our discussions,” explained former Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) Chair André Baugh, who presided over most of the PSC meetings during the creation of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan and the Portland Plan. “We wanted to make sure this plan considered the voices of all of Portland’s communities and incorporated an ‘equity lens’ to guide decision-making and land use changes.”

Extensive outreach was conducted throughout the multi-year planning process to gather input from Portland’s diverse communities, including renters, people of color and other historically underserved populations, older adults and people with disabilities. 

As a result, Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan has a crisp focus on equity. It features goals, policies and land use changes that address gentrification and displacement, integrate public health, allow for more housing types and create incentives for more affordable housing. The Plan also includes a refresh of the City’s public involvement program, adding more emphasis on engaging communities who have been historically under served and under represented such as communities of color, immigrants and refugees, and tenants. This refreshed program builds on Portland’s nationally recognized Neighborhood Association system and strong legacy of public involvement.

The new plan also acknowledges the importance of economic development in order to create jobs and maintain a healthy local economy. In particular, the plan calls for the City to maintain manufacturing and distribution jobs, because they serve as an upward mobility ladder for a large sector of the population — especially people of color and people without a college degree.

“Engaging with the business community and residents to create this plan has been exciting and gratifying,” said Katherine Schultz, current PSC chair. “Together we’ve focused on how to spur economic development in the Central City, along our main streets and in the industrial areas. We’ve also had many discussions about how to make Portland’s neighborhoods meet the needs of our growing and increasingly diverse population.”

What now?
With Council’s adoption, the plan moves onto the state for “acknowledgement.” This means that the Department of Land Conservation and Development will review the goals, policies and land use map to make sure that they comply with state land use goals. Implementation of the new plan is expected in early 2018.

Early Implementation projects for the new Comp Plan are moving through the Planning and Sustainability Commission. This includes updated zoning codes for commercial mixed use areas, and for college and hospital campuses. A public hearing on a new Zoning Map will be held on July 12. Check the PSC calendar for details

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Quick reference guide to curbside garbage, composting and recycling

Use this guide for weekly composting and recycling and every-other-week garbage collection for residents living in a single family home, duplex, triplex or fourplex.

New look, same list

What goes in each curbside collection container

Leave these items out:

Garbage: Computers, monitors, TVs, compact florescent lights bulbs (CFLs), hazardous waste and chemicals.

Green Portland Composts! cart: “Compostable” containers, pet waste, plastic bags, lumber, dirt, ashes and branches larger than 4” thick and 36” long.

Blue Portland Recycles! cart: Plastic bags, diapers, propane cylinders, coffee pods, plastic clam shells, coffee cups/lids and plastic containers under 6oz.

Yellow glass recycling bin: Light bulbs, vases, broken glass, ceramics, lids and drinking glasses. 

For items that don’t belong in curbside recycling or compost; and that are not hazardous, electronics, CFLs or chemical; dispose of them in the garbage.

Choose the garbage container size that fits your household needs.

Find more resources to help you dispose of items not accepted at the curb.