Ashcreek Neighborhood Association represents 5,000 residents in Southwest Portland. Over the past year, this small residential neighborhood has addressed an unusually large number of issues with an open process that has encouraged broad community participation, fairness, and effective advocacy. In doing so, it has turned potential adversity into positive results.
These issues include a contentious debate over speed bumps on SW Garden Home Road, opposition to a municipal water tank expansion, opposition to a liquor license for a bar where a small neighborhood grocery once stood, promotion of pedestrian access and trails improvements within Woods Memorial Natural Area, and creation of a leadership development fund in honor of the late Patty Lee, a longtime Southwest Portland community activist.
Led by its President, Dean Smith, the group found common ground on the speed bump issue after a series of well-attended public meetings and developed a Good Neighbor Agreement for the bar to ensure that it does not create undesirable neighborhood impacts. In addition, Ashcreek is widely recognized for having effective advocacy both citywide and at the regional level.