From the LA Times – Portland, like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, has declared a homelessness emergency. That allows the city to cut red tape and seek more federal assistance. The four cities and their surrounding counties account for an estimated 70,000 homeless. For full story
The Portland Mercury reports the list of people suing the city over new camping policies is growing. In a motion filed May 20, a group of organizations that believe Mayor Charlie Hales’ lenient stance on camping is illegal say they’ve found three new plaintiffs to sign onto a lawsuit filed last month. They are the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA), the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Oregon Chapter (NAIOP), and a summer camp program called Camp Creative. The fresh plaintiffs join six other groups who hope to convince a judge to overturn city policies that allow camping on certain “remnant” properties and pave the way for more organized homeless encampments.
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Anyone want to get into bocce this summer? – “The Portland Bocce League is interested in maintaining a relationship with the PDNA, since our principle base of activity is at the north end of the North Park Blocks. We activate the NPB in what we believe is a positive way. We also face the difficulties presented by some park users/campers each week night. 2015 was stressful for our group, too, and left many talking about finding other venues to play bocce.
We would like to get to know other members of the Pearl District community better, and would like to participate in ongoing discussions with the City regarding conditions in the North Park Blocks.”
Sat April 16th 2:00PM – 8:30 PM
511 NW Broadway (in front of PNCA)
Free! Rain or shine
Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Collaborative Design MFA first-year cohort is teaming up with Portland Parks and Recreation, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the Bureau of Transportation, and Better Block PSU to activate the Park Block in front of PNCA’s new location.
The block will be filled with food, music, art, and games to celebrate the future of the North Park Blocks. Join us for ice cream, painting, and crafts, and an opportunity to meet your fellow community members!
A fun afternoon in which residents and neighbors can engage with each other, learn more about plans for the North Park Blocks, and share their thoughts on public spaces in Portland.
@BlightPDX on Twitter. Follow us for details, and a link to a Facebook event page in the near future.
Hosted by Pacific Northwest College of Art and Blight Magazine.