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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A historic moment, literally

The Irvington neighborhood in Northeast Portland is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Let's hope it keeps the condo bunker weasels away.

Comments (11)

Does that mean they are now eligible for Portland's Leaf pickup fee?

No No No, everyone has to have their share of infill density for the sake of everyone's higher livability,

It's for everyone's own good.

That makes it smart growth, stupid.

Hey, Jack, didn't your "Alameda/Irvington Overlap" street get wrapped into this new historic district? How do you feel about it? I recall you posting that some of your neighbors weren't happy with it. . .

Great kid photo at the top of your page. Good reminder of what our priorities should be. Our children, our neighborhoods, safety, livability.

No Ben, the infill will be for the poor neighborhoods. And since the wealthier neighborhoods can block it, that means all the more has to be squeezed in where they can get away with it.

Jack, you know that the bunker on 15th is already under construction right?


Send Rex a memo. He has other priorities.

"Funny, I don't see any news in this post that uses the word or action to "coerce" people out of their cars, only an effort to actually fund multimodal transport which the do-nothins in Congress have thwarted. Even in your nightmare of Portland, only 0.7% of transport funds are spent on bikes . Enough of silly phantoms, let's talk about surviving peak oil and mitigating climate chafed so our kids can enjoy life."

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Rex Burkholder

Lake O was named one of the country's best cottage small towns (even if the cottages are new and a million bucks), but that didn't keep the city (Jack Hoffman and assorted city planners) from approving the 3-4 story condo monstrosities in the East End. These guys are like a plague - and now the Foothills development (with high-rise condos planned - a mini-Pearl District) is in the works (aided by streetcar folks) -- all without nary a customer or tenant in sight and in the worst real estate climate since the depression. What is wrong with this picture?!?

Snards:No Ben, the infill will be for the poor neighborhoods. And since the wealthier neighborhoods can block it, that means all the more has to be squeezed in where they can get away with it. .

Neighborhoods on National Register of Historic Places is one step.

Neighborhoods that have been rezoned to their detriment and with ghetto style infill need other steps. Downzoning might save these neighborhoods, some are at crossroads and will lose what character is left if the agenda continues. Some areas are beyond saving and the city with their PR of good planning should be ashamed.

Other communities in our country are years ahead:

A swelling population, an overheated real estate market and the biggest building boom in 30 years are fueling a counterrevolution in New York City: Dozens of neighborhoods have asked the Bloomberg administration to rewrite zoning rules to rein in what residents see as runaway development and growth.
In what some housing experts are calling "the downzoning uprising," communities throughout the city want to see an end to an influx of apartments, additional people, and what they consider McMansions - and to preserve neighborhoods of limestone town houses, 1950's ranch houses, even humble wood-frame houses wrapped in aluminum siding. . .
Those in favor of the recent downzonings say they will protect neighborhoods against out-of-scale development, especially in places without the infrastructure needed to handle growth. When balanced by increases in density elsewhere, they say, the downzonings will also stop real estate speculation and keep communities stable. . .
"If you allow the character of a neighborhood to be eroded, the people who live in that neighborhood will leave the city," said Amanda M. Burden, chairwoman of the City Planning Commission. . .

I doubt the powers to be here would even want the conversation to begin. People ought to start talking DOWNZONING in order to save some quality of life in our city.
Makes one wonder what the agenda really is, do they want instability and to push the people out of their neighborhoods?

LO voters will kill the Foothills Plan and Steetcar.

It just got more expensive to install energy-saving improvements (windows, solar panels, etc.) to any of those houses, alas.

Pity my friends who are long time residents...

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