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Portlanders can now watch more than a dozen movies by local filmmakers about growth and development in Portland
On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, in partnership with the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, hosted the Portland Is Growing Film Festival at McMenamins Kennedy School. A standing-room-only crowd of about 130 people filled the gymnasium, including members of United Neighborhoods for Reform, the Albina neighborhood, and the local filmmaking community.
The event featured films covering a variety of perspectives on growth and development in the city. Through their lenses, filmmakers shared stories about demolition and infill, gentrification and displacement, coal trains, the Memorial Coliseum, bicycling, urban design and more.
Some of the highlights included Ruth Ann Barrett, who created her short video using her iPhone, encouraging the audience to “flex their civic engagement arm, not just their consumer arm.” Rick Potestio’s presentation about focusing growth around parks or “commons” met with some vocal resistance from the audience. Karina Adams’ plea for bird-friendly design was graphically portrayed in the movie she made as a student at Portland State University. And even a 35-year-old Douglas fir tree made compelling viewing as the audience watched it being systematically de-limbed and cut down.
Two films stood out as poignant reminders of how far we’ve come but how much more we need to do to address displacement and gentrification. Future Portland by journalist Ifanyi Bell and Kathleen Holt of Oregon Humanities features slow moving shots of Portland interspersed between interviews with several prominent African Americans living in Portland, who talk about the loss of community and connection when whole swaths of people are displaced. And Richard Wilhelm and Sue Arbuthnot’s digest of their full-length feature film Imagining Home about how Columbia Villa became New Columbia was a touching close to the evening.
If you missed the event or would like to rewatch the videos, visit the film festival page. Then enjoy the work of local filmmakers and hear different stories of Portland’s past, present and future.
Join us for an evening of “cinematic discussion” of how Portland is growing. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments; movies begin at 7.
Portland is growing in all directions. Come hear different perspectives on growth through the eyes of local filmmakers. Arrive early to chat with friends and colleagues, then watch the movies and participate in a brief question and answer period with the filmmakers. This event is co-hosted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
McMenamins Kennedy School Gymnasium
5736 NE 33rd Avenue
This event is an opportunity for community members to share their ideas about how Portland is growing. The videos cover such topics as density near parks, bird-friendly buildings, demolition and infill, gentrification and displacement, bicycling in Portland, the development of New Columbia, growing in Centers and Corridors, and more.
For more information, please call 503-823-7700.
Watch the last episode of our video series about centers and corridors, then submit your own story about growth and development in Portland
Over the past few months, we've shared a series of videos about making great places, how Portland is growing and what makes a vibrant, safe and healthy community. These videos were developed to help explain what is at the heart of the city's new Comprehensive Plan: growing in centers and corridors. We're coming to the end of our story now with the fifth and last installment in the series, called A Healthy, Connected Portland.
But growth, however well planned, can result in some growing pains. People are concerned about traffic and parking, new building designs and compatibility, and gentrification and displacement. And some of them have even made movies about their issues and wishes for the future of Portland.
So we're putting on a film festival to showcase all the ideas and feelings out there in the community about how Portland is growing and changing.
Have you made a movie about Portland recently? Would you like to share it with the greater community? Here's your chance to shine!
Portland is Growing: A Festival of Local Films
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
McMenemin's Kennedy School Gymnasium
5736 NE 33rd Ave
Light refreshments served; movies begin at 7 p.m.
This will be a fun and lively event with local film makers, neighborhood activists, city planners and Portland celebrities. Submit your film with a link to email@example.com by Monday, April 20. Please include the following in your email submission:
Entries will be selected to ensure a broad range of topics and perspectives are covered. We'll let you know if your film will be included in the festival by April 22. Then get ready for Portland's homegrown Academy Awards! Your film or others', Portland is Growing: A Film Festival promises to be star studded.
And to see the entire Centers and Corridors video playlist, please visit our Centers and Corridors page.
Transportation System Plan Expert Group (TEG) is a part of the Comprehensive Plan Update
Courtney Duke, PBOT
March 20, 2015
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is accepting applications through April 10, 2015, for additional community members to serve on the Transportation System Plan (TSP) Expert Group, convened jointly by the bureaus of Transportation and Planning and Sustainability as a component of the Portland Comprehensive Plan Update.
PBOT is looking to add six (6) members that represent one of each of the following areas: Equity Interests, Small Business Owner, Youth, Public Health (community member or agency representative), Transit Advocacy, and Persons with Disabilities.
Portland’s Comprehensive Plan helps the City prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as the major public investments to accommodate that growth. It provides direction for decision-making on land use, transportation, sewer and water systems, and natural resource management programs, while ensuring that investments in major city systems are coordinated.
The Transportation System Plan (TSP) is the long-range plan to guide transportation investments in Portland. The TSP meets State and regional planning requirements and addresses local transportation needs for cost-effective street, transit, freight, bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The plan provides transportation choices for residents, employees, visitors and companies doing business in Portland, making it more convenient to walk, bicycle, take transit and drive less to meet their daily needs. The TSP provides a balanced transportation system to support neighborhood livability and economic development.
The TEG advises City staff on the Transportation System Plan. Over the past year plus, the TEG has been engaged in review of draft transportation policies and projects in the Comprehensive Plan. The TEG will be shifting its attention over the next year to how best to implement these policies and projects, concentrating on initiatives such as a Citywide Parking Strategy, a hierarchy for responding to multiple transportation needs, district-level transportation plans, and possible changes to street classifications.
The Expert Group has typically met monthly since mid-December 2013 and will continue to do so at least through 2015. Occasionally, additional meetings or subcommittee meetings may occur outside of the monthly meeting time.
Member Qualifications and Skills
Community members who are interested in serving on the TSP Expert Group should consider the following qualifications or skills:
Applications will be reviewed by PBOT staff. Final appointment to the Expert Group will be made by the Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. If selected you will be notified early in the week of April 13.
PBOT will work to ensure diversity of members, including but not limited to, field experts, neighborhood groups, business and institutional associations, persons with disabilities, communities of color, and interest groups.
First TEG Meeting
If selected, the first meeting would be Thursday, April 16; 3:30 – 6:00 PM in the Lovejoy Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, downtown Portland.
To apply to be a member of the TSP Expert Group, please fill out the application by April 10, 2015 and send to:
Courtney Duke, PBOT
1120 SW 4th Ave, Room 800
Portland OR 97204
Or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City ofPortlandwill reasonable modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-2030 or 503-823-4000 with such requests.
Volunteer commissioners dive into discussions about housing, residential densities, employment land and West Hayden Island, the Transportation Systems Plan, community involvement and more
To attend a recent Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) meeting is to witness public service at its finest. Last fall the PSC held four public hearings throughout the city on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft. And since January 27 of this year, commissioners have been holding long work sessions to review public testimony and staff recommendations as they move through the outstanding issues of the draft plan.
They’ve dug into the details of proposals for housing, addressing displacement, residential down-designations and densities, and nonconforming uses. They’ve had spirited discussions about centers and corridors and how the Transportation System Plan (TSP) would serve the additional people, jobs, housing and businesses in these growing areas. They’ve revisited West Hayden Island and considered strategies to create and intensify employment land to provide more jobs for Portlanders yet to come. And they’ve reviewed how the policies in the new Comprehensive Plan would guide decision-making and make the City’s public involvement efforts more inclusive.
Many of the PSC’s 11 members have served on the commission since the Portland Plan days (six years or more) and will continue on until they have recommended the Comprehensive Plan to City Council. Normally they meet for two to four hours twice a month, but the scope and complexity of the draft Comprehensive Plan, the update to the Central City Plan and other long-range plans, code amendments and special projects have meant more and longer meetings. To cover this much material and provide thoughtful and thorough guidance to the City Council, commissioners have spent countless hours preparing for and engaging in sometimes four and five-hour meetings every two weeks. You can read the meeting minutes and watch the video of each meeting on the PSC website.
Who are they?
These dedicated volunteers represent a broad spectrum of the community. They’re busy people whose love of Portland and commitment to making it better for everyone is reflected in their hard work on behalf of all Portlanders.
Take Chris Smith, digital marketer for Xerox who serves on the Portland Streetcar Inc. Board of Directors as well as many other advisory committees and commissions. And Michelle Rudd, a partner with Stoel Rives who was just named one of Savoy Magazine’s 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers. People like Karen Gray, superintendent of the Parkrose School District. Or Don Hanson, principal at OTAK, who also served on the commission back when it was the Planning Commission. Teresa St Martin of Windermere and Margaret Tallmadge with the Coalition of Communities of Color, are the commission’s newest members. Mike Houck, executive director of Urban Greenspaces Institute, and Gary Oxman, retired Chief Health Officer for Multnomah County, look after our human and environmental health. Then there are vice chairs Howard Shapiro, who also chairs the Community Involvement Committee for the Comp Plan, and Katherine Schultz of GBD Architects. At the helm is André Baugh, a consultant with Group AGB Ltd, perhaps the commission’s most passionate equity advocate.
As a group, they have a variety of viewpoints, and together they work to balance and realize the goals of a prosperous, healthy and equitable city. In addition to working on the Comprehensive Plan, they’ve been holding hearings, briefings and meetings about Central City’s West Quadrant Plan, energy performance in commercial buildings, urban renewal areas and a proposal to build a propane transport facility at the Port’s T6 terminal.
In the next couple of months alone, they’ll be holding public hearings on the updated Economic Opportunities Analysis (April 28) and revised Growth Scenarios Report (May 12) for the Comprehensive Plan as well as the T6 code amendment (April 7), the RICAP 7 package (also April 28) and the SE Quadrant Plan (May 26). In addition they’ll hear briefings on the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project, something BPS is working on in partnership with Metro and TriMet. Please check the PSC calendar approximately one week prior to each tentative meeting date for specific agendas.