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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

Bringing affordable homes to North Macadam

April 2, 2015

Yesterday, City Council took a number of important steps to meet the housing goals for South Waterfront that were established in 2003.

By adopting an amendment to the North Macadam Urban Renewal Area, and passing a Resolution introduced by Nick, the Council committed to spending at least $47 million to build affordable homes in South Waterfront. That translates to at least 270 new affordable homes for low-income families in a desirable neighborhood.

Nick was proud to partner with housing advocates, his colleagues, the Portland Development Commission, the Portland Housing Bureau, and former City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury to honor the City's affordable housing commitments in South Waterfront.   

Hall Monitor: Giving Up on Giving Up

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

City OKs urban renewal shuffle after making concessions for low-income housing in South Waterfront

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Portland Just Drastrically Changed Its Urban Redevelopment Strategy - And That's Actually Interesting

Dirk Vanderhart in the Portland Mercury

More affordable housing on City Council agenda

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Charlie Hales 'very proud' as sweeping urban renewal changes OK'd

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

Nick Fish pushes affordable-housing commitment as OHSU deal questioned: Portland City Hall Roundup

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

Venture out this spring and summer

April 2, 2015

Spring and summer are great times to explore Portland’s eclectic neighborhood business districts. 

Venture Portland just awarded $31,500 for 11 Spring/Summer Grant Projects in Portland’s neighborhood business districts around the city.    

Many of the projects focus on fun, large-scale shopping events and activities, including street fairs.  All of the projects are directly tied to our local economy, and the grants will leverage an additional $137,563 in private business district investment!

Shopping locally, especially in the sun, isn’t just fun - it’s also beneficial to Portland’s economy.  For every dollar spent at a local business, 70% stays in our community. 

Check out Venture Portland’s website for more information and a list of Spring/Summer grant awardees.

Friday Roundup

Portland City Council stands firm in URA housing vote

Street Roots Editorial

 

Remembering Gretchen Kafoury: Daughters celebrate proud “commie pinko,” progressive trailblazer

Anna Griffin in The Oregonian

 

Portland Just Drastically Changed Its Urban Redevelopment Strategy-And That’s Actually Interesting

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

City OK’s urban renewable shuffle after making concessions for low-income housing in South Waterfront

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Hall Monitor: Giving Up on Giving Up

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Nick Fish pushes affordable-housing commitment as OHSU deal questioned: Portland City Hall Roundup

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

More affordable housing on City Council agenda

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Charlie Hales ‘very proud’ as sweeping urban renewal changes OK’d

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Water power: Portland pipe producing electricity for PGE

Keely Chalmers in KGW News

 

City look to turn more solids into biogas at Columbia plant

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune

Portland’s abundant water supply

April 6, 2015

Water has been in the news a lot, lately. California is experiencing a record drought, which has led to the state’s first-ever mandatory restrictions on water use.  

Portlanders are very fortunate – we have an abundant water supply thanks to our visionary Bull Run Watershed. The Portland Water Bureau does not anticipate any water restrictions now or into this summer.     

The Bull Run Watershed is Portland’s primary source for drinking water. Rather than a snowpack, our watershed supply comes from rain. Though the Bull Run at the base of Mt. Hood, this year’s low snowpack won’t affect our water supply. The spring rains of April, May, and June will have a much greater influence on our summer water supply. 

The Bull Run reservoirs are currently stocked full of pristine water, as is the Columbia South Shore Well Field, our secondary water source.

The Portland Water Bureau carefully monitors water levels, weather forecasts, and water use patterns throughout the year. They ensure that we have adequate, clean water well into the hot summer months. 

While we’re lucky to have plenty of water, it’s always a good idea to conserve water when possible. Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for water efficiency tips. 

California governor imposes mandatory water restrictions as drought worsens

The Associated Press in The Oregonian

In Celebration of Pigpens

April 7, 2015

The Portland Building’s latest art installation is for the pigs!

Local artists Lou Watson and Michele McCall provide a comical and artistic response to a quote by the Portland Building’s late architect, Michael Graves, in their installation, In Celebration of Pigpens; The “Sties” the Limit?

Graves was asked what changes he would like to see in the Portland Building. His suggestion included, “Clean out the lobby, make it a great deal smarter than it is now.  It’s a pigpen in there now.”

In Celebration of Pigpens embraces all things “pigpen” from pop culture. It includes odes to the scruffy and adorable Peanuts character, the musician known as “Pigpen” from the musical band, The Grateful Dead, and more! Sit on a comfy (and appropriate) straw bale as you contemplate the vast examples of pigpens. 

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series.  Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art. 

In Celebration of Pigpens is up now through April 24 in the Portland Building’s lobby.

Check out RACC’s website for more information.

Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm

Photo courtesy of RACC.