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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

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Portland Celebrates Great Blue Heron Week

To celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Great Blue Heron as the city of Portland's official city bird, Mayor Sam Adams read a proclamation at City Council yesterday, naming June 4 - 10, 2012 as Great Blue Heron Week in the city of Portland.

June 7, 2012

To celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Great Blue Heron as the city of Portland's official city bird, Mayor Sam Adams read a proclamation at City Council yesterday, naming June 4 - 10, 2012 as Great Blue Heron Week in the city of Portland.

The Audubon Society and the Intertwine Alliance are celebrating the Great Blue Heron and the release of Wild in the City: Exporing the Intertwine, a field guide to our area's parks, natural areas, and trails.

Audubon and the Intertwine are hosting a number events over the next week, including a Pedalpalooza Ride and a Ross Island Regatta to celebrate our city's winged star.

Click here to learn more about the Heron, and the week's upcoming events.

Harper's Playground Groundbreaking this Friday

Yesterday, City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to raise charitable donations for the construction of Harper?s Playground, the first playground in a Portland park that will be designed for children with disabilities.

June 7, 2012

By David Nguyen

Yesterday, City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to raise charitable donations for the construction of Harper’s Playground, the first playground in a Portland park that will be designed for children with disabilities.  The new accessible playground will be in North Portland's Arbor Lodge Park.

The playground was spearheaded by Cody and April Goldberg, the parents of young Harper, who has a rare condition called Emanuel Syndrome.  The Goldberg family spent two years fundraising for the playground and are thrilled to see their dream finally becoming a reality.

Nick will join Parks Director Mike Abbaté, the Goldberg family, and community members at the ground-breaking ceremony tomorrow at 10 am to help celebrate this innovative park design that is a model for park improvements across the country.

Harper's Playground Groundbreaking

Friday, June 8 - 10 am

Arbor Lodge Park

N Bryant Street & Delaware Avenue

Harper's Playground Groundbreaking Promo Video

Harper's Playground is about to become a reality

On KATU news, June 6

A balanced approach to housing choice

National report advocates for a balanced approach to housing choice ? preserving and improving housing in distressed areas, and investing in new housing in stronger neighborhoods.

June 7, 2012

Across the country, cities are thinking about how best to meet the needs of people priced out of the private housing market. This conversation is at the intersection of important questions about race, opportunity, geography, and the role of government.

In April, I authored The State of Housing: A Portland Story, summarizing our record during my first four years as Housing Commissioner.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has now joined the debate. In a report issued in May, it tackles a fundamental question: "should federal housing policy focus on preserving existing public and assisted housing, much of which is located in low income, predominately black neighborhoods, or should housing policy focus on helping the residents of this housing move to higher income and less racially segregated neighborhoods?"

Thoughtful consideration of this question requires acknowledging powerful market forces like rising rents, historically low vacancy rates, and unemployment; the modest impact public investments have on the market; and the role of personal choice.

The report advocates for a balanced approach to housing choice – preserving and improving housing in distressed areas, and investing in new housing in stronger neighborhoods.

That’s the approach we are following in Portland. We believe that every neighborhood should be open to people at every income level. Over the last few years, we’ve invested in mission-driven nonprofits across town, from Cully to South Waterfront, Lents to the River District, Inner Northeast to Hillsdale.

In a time of limited resources, we are committed to ensuring that the benefits of a livable community are extended to all.

Affordable Housing Dilemma: The Preservation vs. Mobility Debate

National Low Income Housing Coalition, May 2012

The State of Housing: A Portland Story

Map of Portland Housing Bureau investments

Friday Roundup

Commissioner Nick Fish Friday roundup

June 8, 2012

Fair housing testing in Portland must meet state standards, city officials say

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Under the Bridges walks offer a glimpse into the lives of people who live on the streets

Know a street tree that needs pruning? Want to learn how to prune?

Community center renamed for Charles Jordan

Harper's Playground Groundbreaking

Portland Parks and Recreation's Arbor Lodge Park.

June 8, 2012

By David Nguyen

Congratulations to the Goldberg family for their tremendous effort in making Harper's Playground possible. 

Nick was pleased to attend the groundbreaking celebration of this very special playground in Arbor Lodge Park

Last but not least, we'd like to say Happy 7th Birthday to Harper!

'We're going to change the world one playground at a time'

Shannon L. Cheesman on KATU news

 

Construction on 100 percent accessible playground begins

FOX 12 News

 

Portland businesses, volunteers help keep the city's park system up and running

The Oregonian Editorial Board