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Portland’s Central Eastside Poses Interesting Questions About the Future of Employment Land

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability releases introduction to the history and background of the district, its role as a regional employment center, types of businesses, urban character, transportation issues, the riverfront and future of the industrial sanctuary

Portland’s Central Eastside (CES) is an economic development success story, and a variety of businesses make the area one of the city’s largest employment districts. Over the past decade, while the rest of the city and the region’s job growth stagnated, the CES now includes more than 1,100 businesses with more than 17,000 employees. Reflecting the changing nature of industry and technology, industrial uses and creative enterprises are neighbors in an area that is emerging as an attractive location for cross-industry exchange, from film and digital enterprises to food, creative services and craft industries.

To address the changing dynamics in the SE Quadrant and ensure that the industrial sanctuary in the Central Eastside preserves and enhances new employment growth, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is leading the SE Quadrant planning effort and recently released a dynamic introduction to the area.

Titled Portland’s Central Eastside, the document includes bold illustrations by a local comic artist, fascinating historic photographs and compelling stories about the people and places in the Central Eastside.

Portland's Central Eastside  Illustration
Read Portland’s Central Eastside

Urban Land Institute Daniel Rose Fellows Offer Recommendations for Future Planning Efforts

Through narrative and images, the book paints a picture of a place transformed from farmland to loading docks to train tracks and freeways. It shows how the district went from Produce Row to industrial sanctuary, and describes the various business sectors thriving in the area today. It presents a case study of the Ranchers and Gardners Building, which was once a place for local immigrant farmers to sell and distribute their produce and is now home to a variety of small, mostly manufacturing enterprises. The book describes an evolving industrial “ecosystem,” where metal fabricators and other craftspeople form a “colony” of mutually supportive services that are accessible by foot or bike. And it identifies the issues around urban form and character, transportation and the riverfront, and offers discussion questions to start conversations with the community that will be necessary to chart the path ahead.

The land use challenges in this unique part of Portland have caught the eye of planners around the nation. The Urban Land Institute Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use recently chose Portland as one of four cities to study this year, with Mayor Charlie Hales, and directors Susan Anderson (BPS), Leah Treat (PBOT) and Patrick Quinton (PDC) named as Rose Center Fellows.

During the week of February 10, ULI staff and Rose Center fellows toured the Central Eastside, talked with project staff, interviewed stakeholders and presented their findings and recommendations to a crowd of about 70 people on Thursday morning.

According to a ULI media release, their “goal is to initiate the creation of strategy to position the Central Eastside… as a 21st century business district offering sufficient flexibility to serve longtime industrial employers as well as new, emerging industries.”

At the presentation on Thursday, February 13, held at the Eastside Exchange building, ULI staff and fellows emphasized the need to redefine the notion of an industrial sanctuary and create a “haven for ‘doers and makers’” in the Central Eastside. They called on the City to create an employment strategy, not a regulatory strategy, through:

  • Infrastructure and access improvements.
  • Land use flexibility.
  • Programming and partnerships.

The presentation ended with some “homework” assignments for City staff, which will be reviewed when the teams reconvene in April in Vancouver, Wash.For more information about ULI and the Daniel Rose Center, please visit

Regulatory Round Up: February 11 Open House To Share Ideas for Code Improvements

Public invited to learn about and comment on new code amendment packages for short-term rentals, commercial filming, wireless services and more

On Tuesday, February 11, project staff will host an open house to share information about new regulations for short-term rentals and other code revisions, including:

  • Wireless service facilities
  • Commercial filming
  • Temporary construction staging
  • Historic review for resources in the public right-of-way
  • 20 other code clarification items

The focus of the first hour of the open house will be on new rules for short-term rentals, defined as one or two bedrooms rented to nightly visitors by residents living in their home. Staff will give a short presentation on proposed changes to the bed and breakfast regulations at 5:15 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. Participants will then be able to discuss any of the other items in the code amendment package with staff around the room.

RICAP 6 Open House, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Rm 2500B
Tuesday, February 11

5 p.m. – 6 p.m Short Term Rental presentation
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. General Open House
The first hour will include a presentation and Q&A session about short-term rentals, followed by an open house format about all the amendment packages.

The open house will allow participants to learn about and submit comments on the proposed amendments, as well as next steps in the process. Deadline for comments is February 21. Staff will then incorporate public input into the Proposed Draft, which will be released in March for the Planning and Sustainability Commission's consideration.

The proposed amendments are part of the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package (RICAP). This new package constitutes the sixth round (RICAP 6) of these relatively quick code fixes in response to community input. Unlike other regulatory improvement projects, RICAPs are limited to technical corrections and clarification of existing code, along with minor changes of existing policy.

Download the RICAP 6 Discussion Draft

Download a Summary of the 45 Items being considered

How to save money and be healthy this winter – Come to the FREE Fix-It Fair!

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at David Douglas High School. ¡Clases en español!

Fix-It Fair workshop

en español abajo

The Fix-It Fair is a free event where you can learn simple and effective ways to stay healthy and save money at home this winter and beyond.

Featuring exhibits from numerous community partners, these events also include an extensive schedule of workshops held throughout the day. Experts will be available to talk with you about water and energy savings, personal health and healthcare, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more!

Special workshops will be taught in Spanish. Free professional childcare, blood lead testing for children and lunch are provided.

Please bring a reusable bag to gather resources and giveaways from the exhibits and classes. Hourly raffle prizes are offered.

When and Where

Saturday, February 22, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave.

This event is free and open to the public.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-7700 with such requests.

For More Information | | 503-823-4309
En español: | 503-823-4000

La Fix-It Fair ofrece clases y exposiciones gratuitos para ayudarle a ahorrar dinero y vivir una vidasana

La Fix-It Fair es un evento GRATUITO presentado por la Ciudad de Portland en donde usted puede aprender maneras simples de ahorrar dinero y conectarse con recursos. Únase a sus vecinos y hable con expertos sobre la manera de gastar menos y mantenerse saludable.

La guardería y el almuerzo es gratis. Análisis de plomo gratuito para los niños. Premios cada hora. No olvide llevar una bolsa reutilizable para los recursos de la sala de exposiciones.

Clases en español

  • Aprenda a construir y reparar el crédito
  • Compradores de su primera casa
  • Comida saludable con un bajo presupuesto
  • Hablemos sobre la sexualidad
  • Asegúrate de Asegurarte

¿Cuándo y Dónde?

el 22 de febrero 2014
sábado 9:30 a.m. a 3 p.m.
David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave.

Este evento es gratuito y abierto al público.

Para ayudar a asegurar igualdad de acceso a losprogramas, servicios y actividades de la Ciudad, la Ciudad de Portland modificará razonablementelas políticas y procedimientos y proporcionaráayudas y servicios auxiliares para personas condiscapacidades. Llame al 503-823-4000 para solicitarlos.

Para más información | | 503-823-4309
En español: | 503-823-4000

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Possible severe weather delays for curbside collection service

During exceptionally cold or icy conditions, driving may be hazardous and the collection of garbage, recycling and composting may be delayed or postponed. In the case of a weather delay, garbage and composting collection will be prioritized for collection as soon as it is safe for regular collections to resume. Evening and Saturday collections may be necessary. If your collection was missed due to severe weather, please leave your garbage and/or composting roll carts at the curb to accommodate collection. Recycling roll carts will be collected on the next regularly scheduled collection day. 

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