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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

Where MAX goes, development follows

The MAX Green Line, debuting September 12 in East Portland, is expected to bring much-anticipated development to the area.

September 2, 2009

The MAX Green Line opens tomorrow, more than 30 years after an 1-205 transit right of way was established in 1976, opening the door to greatly increased development in East Portland's Lents and Gateway neighborhoods. “What we are seeing is an explosion in opportunities for developing housing and industry around transit centers,” Nick told the Portland Tribune for its special “Green Means Go” guide to the new Green Line.

Outer South-East Portland will at long last have a light rail connection to the City’s central core and Western suburbs, it's expected that the same investment that followed MAX’s entry in other parts of Portalnd will flow to Lents and Gateway as well. “Not only will light rail leverage more housing in transit centers, but it gives residents of affordable housing more transportation options,” Nick told the Tribune’s Kevin Curry.

Indeed, new development has already arrived, as a trasit-oriented development across from Clackamas Town Center is underway.

The Green Line will move the City toward its goal of creating “20-minute communities” in and around Portland while boosting two of its outer East neighborhoods, historically underserved by light rail – says Nick, “Gateway and Lents are a big part of our future.”

Visit trimet.org for more on the new Green Line

Portland farmers markets: the world's best

Delta's Sky Magazine has ranked Portland's farmer's markets number one in the world in its September issue

September 14, 2009

We in Portland know that our farmers markets are top-notch, but now the rest of the world knows, too. Delta Sky Magazine's September issue ranks Portland's farmers markets number one worldwide, above Barcelona, Paris, San Francisco, and Munich.

Farmers markets are cropping up all over town - several new markets opened this year.

Portland Farmers Market has a partial list of Portland markets on its website, and about.com has a larger list which includes Portland suburbs as well.

The farmers market season is drawing to a close, but there are still great meats, cheeses, breads, produce, and flowers available around town every weekend.

Most markets around town also partner with the Farm Direct Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and low-income seniors; most also welcome Oregon Trail EBT customers.

Portland Adventist Community Services serves Portland's vulnerable while keeping a low profile

Oregonian reporter Irina Verzemnieks spent a week volunteering with PACS.

September 15, 2009

Oregonian reporter Irina Verzemnieks recently spent a week volunteering with Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) on 110th and Halsey in NE Portland, and has chronicled her experience in a series of articles in the Oregonian.

PACS offers low-income community members a Family Health Center, Client Choice Grocery Warehouse, and thrift stores. It also provides needs assessments and referral to other agencies where necessary.

Last year alone, PACS distributed over 1 million pounds of food, sold over 300,000 items in its low-cost thrift stores, and provided primary care to nearly 1,000 patients in its Family Health Center.

Volunteer opportunities abound at PACS, where their many programs offer something for everyone – Verzemnieks writes that according to PACS Director Paul Cole, “while all of the services they offer are important, perhaps the most important, transformative one is giving people a place where they can be of service to someone else because of what it reveals to them about themselves.”

Park(ing) Day hits Portland

Several areas around town usually dedicated to cars are becoming parks - but just for the day.

September 18, 2009

You may have noticed something a little different about your parking space this morning - green has taken over, at least for the day, as Oregon celebrates its second Park(ing) Day with miniparks across Portland and other cities around the state.

Park(ing) Day is a day-long event highlighting the region's parks, trails, and natural areas. The program is sponsored by Intertwine, a cooperative effort of City, County, and regional governments, along with environmental and land-use groups. Intertwine works to coordinate efforts to expand and enhance our regional system of parks, trails, and natural spaces.

Portland miniparks can be found outside Hotel Monaco (5th and Washington), the Bridgeport Brewpub (NW 13th and Marshall), Greenworks (2nd and Burnside), the Forest Park Conservancy (1505 NW 23rd), and in front of City Hall, at 1220 SW 5th Avenue.

Nick is visiting the Hotel Monaco minipark this morning to celebrate Park(ing) Day and talk about Intertwine, which he and Metro President David Bragdon introduced to the City Council in mid-July.

Thanks to the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia for the photo of this great minipark!

Nick in the News

Nick Fish, the Resource Access Center, and the Free Sidewalk plan

September 18, 2009

The Resource Access Center

Matt Davis writes two items of note in this week's Portland Mercury ("We Mean it This Time" and "Some Friends you are"). The first, discusses Nick's recent comments to the Portland Business Alliance on the end of Sit / Lie and the forthcoming Free Sidewalk Plan. The second, is a roundup of downtown housing and homeless issues: The Resource Access Center (RAC), Friends of Urban Renewal, the affordable housing memorial last week, and our collective responsibility for caring for those with the greatest needs.

Read the full news story here and the "Hall Monitor" column here.

And from today's Oregonian, a guest opinion piece by Charles Wilhoite, current chairman of the Portland Business Alliance. “Taking back our downtown streets,” credits Commissioner Fish and County Chair Ted Wheeler for their hard work to provide services to our most vulnerable in a tough economic climate. Read full story here.

Nick Fish by Illustration by B T Livermore

Q: Who is this man?

A: Nick Fish

Illustration by B T Livermore