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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

OPB's 5-part look at homelessness continues today

October 23, 2009

OPB's 5-part series examining homelessness continues this morning with its third installment, "No Place to Call Home: Rural Homelessness." (Listen to today's show here.)

Nick joined "Think Out Loud" host Emily Harris Monday, October 12, for a great discussion of chronic homelessness, which you can listen to here

The series couldn't be more timely. Oregon is in the top five nationally in unemployment, hunger, and homelessness - truly daunting challenges. And with Winter fast approaching, the 1,600 people sleeping outside each night in Portland need our help more than ever.

 

More on the DREAM Act

October 23, 2009

El Hispanic News has a great feature about the resolution Council recently approved declaring support for the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act is a piece of federal legislation which would increase opportunities available to young people coming of age in America with undocumented status.

Check it out here.

Lively Forest Park debate continues

October 26, 2009 

Portland consistently ranks in the top nationally on bicycle friendliness, but we currently lack adequate off-road biking opportunities.

In Saturday’s Oregonian, Janie Har writes about the community dialogue around off-road cycling opportunities in Forest Park.

Nick has convened a task force made up of walkers, cyclists, joggers, birdwatchers, and other Forest Park users to explore how we might improve the biking experience in the park, which currently hosts only 1/3 of a mile of ‘single-track' open to cyclists.

As part of a broader strategy to increase bicycling opportunities in Portland, Nick has also engaged with the recently launched Gateway Green initiative and is supportive of other trail system projects, including the North Portland Greenway.

Oregonian explores City's anti-camping ordinance

October 26, 2009

The Oregonian's editorial board looked at the City's urban camping ban in today's piece, "Needed: 'Surge capacity' to shelter the homeless."

Portland's camping ordinance, which prohibits outside camping, has been challenged in court. The City is currently engaged in settlement discussions.

With unemployment, foreclosures, and hunger all on the rise, and with winter on the way, the time to review options to relax the rules around camping is now.

While no decisions have been made, a number of ideas are on the table, including allowing the homeless to erect tents or use tarps in limited locations and times, and allowing churches to permit limited camping on their property.

The Commissioner hopes to have a final plan to a new camping ordinance before Council in November.

Celebrating a visionary landscape architect who shaped public spaces across Portland

October 27, 2009

What do Ira Keller Fountain, Lovejoy Fountain, Pettygrove Park, Source Fountain, and downtown's original transit mall have in common? They were all designed by world-renowned landscape architect Lawrene Halprin, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 93.

In addition to his landscape design work for the City, Halprin was also instrumental in shaping our region's land use policies, writes Steven Ames in the November 2 Oregonian. In the 1970s, Lawrence Halprin and Associates was commissioned by Oregon Governor Tom McCall to imagine the future of Willamette Valley as it faced a new wave of growth and development. The end product of that study was a landmark examination of urban sprawl, environmental protection, and principles of livability.

In addition to leaving his mark across Portland, Halprin also designed public spaces in Washington, D.C., Yosemite National Park, and San Francisco, writes Katy Muldoon in the Tuesday Oregonian.

Portlanders have celebrated the work of Lawrence Halprin in a variety of ways. The Halprin Landscape Conservancy, founded by Portland architects Steve Koch and Marcy McInelly in 2001, works to maintain Halprin's spaces while increasing awareness of parks as "a cultural resource on par with museums."

Randy Gragg, Editor-in-Chief of Portland Monthly, along with Janice Ross and John Beardsley, will publish an exploration of Halprin's work in "Where the Revolution Began: Lawrence and Anna Halprin and the Reinvention of Public Space."

At the dedication of the Ira Keller fountain nearly 40 years ago, Halprin said "I hope this will help us live together as a community, both here and all over this planet Earth."

Those words are as true today as they were then.

Thanks to Flickr user anne.oeldorfhirsch for the photo of Ira Keller fountain.