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The City of Portland, Oregon

Ted Wheeler

Mayor, City of Portland

main phone: 503-823-4120

1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204


Mayor Visits "Learn Links" Summer Program

 

Small boy eating ice cream in a striped shirtThis last Tuesday, July 30, the courtyard at Lincoln Woods Apartments in SE Portland was transformed into a marketplace full of young entrepreneurs. They were there to use what they learned from a recent trip to Saturday Market, to create their own mini-businesses, selling products including stress balls, homemade “slime”, ice cream sundaes and smoothies. Mayor Ted Wheeler enjoyed mixing with the crowd and sampling the goods made by students who participate in the Portland Children’s Levy-supported “Learn Links” summer program operated by Human Solutions. Parents, family members and residents were in attendance.  Teachers from nearby Mill Park Elementary (DDSD) also gave out books as part of their summer reading program. 

 

 

 

Picture of books being sold at the marketplace

 

The Portland Children’s Levy partners with Human Solutions for an after-school/summer program called LearnLinks. The program provides academic support and enrichment activities to children in grades K-8 living in HS properties.

 

Gearing Up for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 PresentationThe Mayor and his wife were recently invited to celebrate KGW’s kick off to the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games that will be broadcast on NBC.

More than 130 people attended the social gathering that was held at KGW studios.

18 former Olympic athletes (and some still with hopes of making the team again) with local ties were there, and each was introduced individually.

 

 ThMayor chats with former Olympianse Mayor had a chance to visit with several of them as well as other members of the community who were invited. Visiting with the Mayor on the left in the lower picture is John McArdle, who qualified in the hammer throw for the 1980 summer games in Moscow. On the right is Jack Elder, who competed in the luge event at the winter Olympics in 1972 in Sapporo, Japan

It was one year to the day when the Olympic games will begin--July 24, 2020.

The Holladay Park Safety Plan: Safety in Community

I’m happy to share the fact that the Holladay Park Safety Plan has demonstrated meaningful results. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has observed a significant decrease in crime in and around Holladay Park. Statistics compiled by PPB’s Strategic Services Division have shown that calls received regarding Holladay Park have decreased significantly. This indicates that the Holladay Park Safety Plan has achieved its goal, which was to decrease crime around that area.

The data shows that calls for service have seen a 50% decrease in assaults, an 18% decrease in disturbances and a 45% decrease in thefts from May 5 through July 22 of this year compared to the same period in 2018. Community partners have been an instrumental part of this process to achieve these results. You can view the full results here.

As commissioner of PPB, I strongly believe it is important for community members to feel safe in public spaces so that we can all enjoy the benefits of Portland’s parks. PPB has worked tirelessly to reduce incidents in this area, and I am proud of the Police Bureau for achieving its goals to increase community safety and improve relationships with the community. Some of the organizations who were instrumental in the creation of this plan include the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, SOLVE, Portland Parks and Recreation, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Rosewood Initiative, Portland OIC, Portland Public Schools, Transit Police Division, Bonneville Power Administration, Federal Protective Services, Portland Police Bureau, Providence Health Care, Connected, Church of Scientology, Portland 5 and Lloyd EcoDistrict.

Anti-Displacement & Displacement Mitigation Work: Righting Past Wrongs and Moving Forward the City of Portland’s Anti-Displacement Action Plan

On November 27, 2018, Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks at the opening of Hazel Heights, an affordable housing community in SE Portland

On November 27, 2018, Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks at the opening of Hazel Heights, an affordable housing community in SE Portland

The City of Portland’s racist governing history created disparities that still exist today. In the past, in North and Northeast Portland, African Americans were segregated, and the neighborhoods were redlined or denied access to housing loans. Large public investments such as the construction of the I-5 freeway and Legacy Emanuel Hospital, including demolition of housing and commercial buildings, caused displacement and physically split predominately African American communities. The City of Portland was eliminating the housing stock in neighborhoods that people of color could buy in, while at the same time limiting where people of color could live. This caused mass involuntary displacement and the ultimate decimation of historically black neighborhoods, particularly in North and Northeast Portland.

This displacement is also a result of gentrification. In the Portland Plan, it states, “Gentrification often means that the change has resulted in involuntary displacement of residents and businesses. It can occur as the result of rising property values, redevelopment or land clearance. Most often, lower income populations, renters and the businesses that serve them are displaced and/or separated from community and social support systems”(More information here). The harm of gentrification is tangible and measurable. It includes:

  • Loss of access to desirable locations;
  • Displacement of individuals and businesses to fewer desirable locations;
  • A loss of wealth when homeowners leave without realizing the increased property values
  • Loss of the ability for current residents to enjoy the benefits of revitalization

Percent people below poverty by race/ethnicity and age: Portland City, OR, All ages, 200% 2015

In our city, more than half of people of color living in Portland are economically insecure. With housing prices rising over time, Portlanders are more likely to be priced out of their historical neighborhoods and away from their communities to find more affordable housing.

Housing burden by tensure, race/ethnicity, and gender: Portland City, OR, Owners, 2015

The Mayor proposed funding for an Anti-Displacement Action Plan to be developed, building off the anti-displacement policies in the Comprehensive Plan. As the steward of the Comp Plan, he’s asked the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to lead the planning process. The Mayor is asking for more public accountability through inclusive co-creation of the Plan with communities most impacted by displacement and a set of equity measures to track over time.

 

Increasing Safety in the Entertainment District

If you have ever visited Portland’s Entertainment District in the evening, you know first-hand that it has a vibrant, colorful nightlife that draws people from all over. Located in the heart of the city’s Old Town area, it’s one of the most popular spots to visit. Whether you’re chasing entertainment, looking for a great craft cocktail or dancing, you can find it there.

On Friday and Saturday nights, approximately 10,000 people come to the Entertainment District, so we’ve made it a priority to ensure the safety of all those in the area. Though crime has been greatly reduced since the City of Portland began focused efforts to put safety measures in place, there have still been crimes in the district that negatively impact public safety. This is why my office, Portland Police and Entertainment District business owners thought it would be important to create the Bar Summit.

For several weeks now, the Bar Summit has come together and increased communication and collaboration among businesses, area residents and the City to see how we can further create a safer nightlife experience. Through this collaboration, the business community has shared concerns and focused on ways to increase safety for the entertainment area.  

The group will soon come to the city council to report on progress and the specific steps being taken by community partners. The goal is to foster a safe environment, while the community enjoys the best of Portland's nightlife.