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I have a new-found respect for bicyclists in the city of Portland. This past weekend, I experienced the city through a cyclist’s perspective for the first time. It was a great learning experience, not only as a frequent driver, but also as a potential cyclist myself. I learned the basic rules of the road as well as how difficult it is to bike uphill on Broadway Street when none of the traffic lights are in your favor.
I did not travel the 20 mile journey alone. In fact, I accompanied the Commissioner to the annual Cycle Oregon Policymakers Bike Ride. Around 100 other policymakers attended the event, including former mayor Bud Clark and current mayor Charlie Hales. I enjoyed the purposeful mission behind the bike ride. Policymakers often work on projects directly affecting different parts of the city, and don’t always get to see the finished product in person. This bike ride bridged that gap between the community and the office.
One of the most unexpected and most rewarding parts of the entire event was the one-on-one conversations that I had with different policymakers. I learned a lot about each person’s specific role in a project. It was cool to see all of the various moving parts come together for such a great event like this!
Spomenik is by Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers. For three years, Kempenaers traversed the former Yugoslavia in search of World War II spomeniks (“monuments” in Serbo-Croatian). Many of the monuments were destroyed by the former government. Those that remain have fallen into despair, and Kempenaers captured them beautifully during his archaeological, photographic journey.
Brakpan is a black and white exhibition by South African photographer Marc Shoul. He takes viewers to Brakpan, a small mining town just outside of the South African capital, Johannesburg. Shoul presents an intimate portrayal of town’s transition from prosperity to economic hardship.
Both exhibits run through August 30. Check out RACC’s website for more information.
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Photo courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
This morning, we celebrated two important milestones for our public utilities.
First, the Portland Utility Review Board (PURB) issued its final annual report to City Council. The PURB served Portland ratepayers for more than 20 years, advising Council on water, sewer, and stormwater services. Nick would like to thank PURB members – past and present – for their service to our community.
Second, Nick was proud to join his Council colleagues in approving the inaugural nine members of our new Portland Utility Board (PUB), a year-round citizen committee replacing the PURB and our Budget Advisory Committees. The PUB follows a recommendation from our 2014 Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission, chaired by Dwight Holton. It's an impressive group, and fulfills a promise Nick made to ratepayers to strengthen accountability and oversight of our bureaus.
Nick has had the honor of serving as Commissioner in charge of the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau for the past two years. We are making great progress, including hiring new leaders for both bureaus, issuing our first-ever watershed health report cards, welcoming salmon back to Crystal Springs, adding a second full-time Ranger in the Bull Run Watershed, developing a new Surplus Property Disposal Policy, and much more.
In the year ahead, we look forward to working with the dedicated employees in our bureaus, the PUB, Council colleagues, the Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon, and our community partners to continue delivering high quality water, sewer, stormwater, and watershed services to families across Portland.
There is still time to spend a sunny day at Sunday Parkways before the summer comes to an end!
Along the route in Southeast Portland, take a moment to explore the neighborhood, with stops in Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers, Sewallcrest and Ivon Parks. Whether you are walking or rolling, don’t forget to check out the delicious food, great music, and other fun activities.
Sunday Parkways is a great way to get healthy and active while connecting with neighbors. All afternoon you can walk, bike, or roll down Portland’s largest public space - the street - while participating in fun events and activities along the way.
Can’t make it this weekend? The final Sunday Parkways of the year is Sunday, September 27 in Sellwood – including an opportunity to cross the new Tilikum Crossing!
For more information about Sunday Parkways, visit the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s website.