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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Housing Director Recommends Hold on Block 49

Portland Housing Bureau Director Margaret Van Vliet recommends pausing development of Block 49, an affordable housing development in the South Waterfront.

September 2, 2009

An affordable housing development planned for Block 49 of the South Waterfront district has been put on hold at the recommendation of Portland Housing Bureau Director Margaret Van Vliet. In a memo to

Commissioner Fish, Van Vliet wrote "the project as currently structured should not move forward."

The proposal included 209 units dedicated for veteran housing, a priority for Commissioner Fish.

Earlier this week Van Vliet told the Portland Business Journal, "It's a big disappointment if we don't get this.”

Financial concerns, though, outweighed the strong desire to see this project break ground.

Van Vliet advised the Commissioner by adding "the current structure presents long-term risks to the City that have not been adequately mitigated," suggesting that the project's timeline be extended to explore alternative funding mechanisms.

Van Vliet’s recommendations are highlighted in the memo available here.

Thanks to for the image.

Food Works program grows vegetables and a sense of community

Food Works, an initiave of Janus Youth Programs, employs local teens on a Sauvie Island farm.

September 4, 2009

Community gardens aren't the only place young Portlanders are gaining experience in growing food and giving back to their communities. In the latest Portland Sentinel, Rebecca Robinson reports on a local program teaching teens about much more than growing vegetables.

Food Works, an initiative of Janus Youh Programs, runs a one-acre farm on Sauvie Island and employs area teens to plant, maintain, and harvest a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

Food Works' harvest is sold at farmers markets in downtown Portland and St. Johns and is donated to elderly residents of Portland - Robinson describes the teens' satisfaction at "watching them smile and say 'thank you'."

Says Lee, who has been with Food Works for two years, "We're teenagers trying to do something positive."

For more about this program visit the Janus Youth Programs website.

 Food Works workers helped plant the City Hall garden earlier this summer -see more pictures in our Photo Gallery.

Holocaust Memorial 5th Anniversary

Commissioner Fish spoke at the 5th anniversary event for the Holocaust Memorial in Washington Park in late August

September 2, 2009

Nick joined speakers, musicians, and visitors for the 5th anniversary of Portland's Holocaust Memorial Sunday, August 30, in Washington Park.

The privately funded monument is visited by thousands of visitors - families, classes of students, and individuals - each year.

Auschwitz survivor Leslie Aigner said Sunday, "if we survived this so that we could spread this message, then there must have been a reason for all of this."

See more of Peter's photos in our photo gallery.

Thanks to Peter Glade for the photo.


Garden replanting continues to foster communtiy spirit

Repair and replanting of the Earl Boyles Community Garden has brought the city's gardening community together

September 8, 2009

David Ashton has written a great piece for East Portland News highlighting the recent repair and replanting of East Portland's Earl Boyles Community Garden.

The volunteer event brought out nearly 100 folks from across the Portland area. Visit for the story and check out our 'Photo Gallery' for pictures of the event.