Mural Workshop with Portland Street Art Alliance

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We’re excited to host Portland Street Art Alliance (PSAA) during our All-Committees Meeting on May 21st, 7:00PM at Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Ave, 97206).  PSAA will provide an overview of the mural commissioning process and City’s mural permitting process as well as highlighting projects from their three main programming areas: engagement, education, and empowerment.

Portland Street Art Alliance (PSAA) is a local non-profit organization that has facilitated over 50 commissioned and publicly-funded projects since 2012. They are a network of artists, academics, and professionals working to open up new spaces for art in the city.

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May 2019 Public Board Meeting Agenda

Join us for our monthly meeting and annual elections, May 2nd, 7:00-9:00PM at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Ave, 97206).  Doors open at 6:30PM.  Everyone is welcome!

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Venga a nuestra renunión mensual y elecciones anuales, 2 de Mayo a las 7:00-9:00 de la tarde, en el Centro de la Comunidad de Brentwood-Darlington (7211 SE 62nd Ave, 97206). Puertas abiertas en 6:30 de la tarde. ¡Todos son bienvenidos!

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Video from April 18th, 2019 Alternate Walkways Meeting with PBOT

Couldn’t make it to our April 18th, 2019 meeting on Alternate Walkways with Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)?  Here is partial video of the meeting to discuss types of alternative walkways, especially along Safe Routes to School, in Brentwood-Darlington!  Hosted by the Land Use and Transportation committee of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) with special guests from Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).

(We are aware the video quality is pretty bad, but felt the audio was important. We’re working on better technology to connect our community to advocacy opportunities. Are you great with video and want to volunteer with BDNA? Contact us at brentwood.darlington@gmail.com!)

2019 Orange Egg Drop Sets New Donation Record!

Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association is so grateful to neighboring Hopecity Church for donating over $3400 raised at their annual Orange Egg Drop event!  Our largest donation ever from this event!  For the third year, Hopecity Church has generously added a fundraising component to this community event.  We are incredibly appreciative of these funds and excited to put them towards more community events for our neighbors in Brentwood-Darlington.

Portland Clean Air Presentation at May 2nd Meeting

Portland Clean Air (PCA) will be in attendance at our May 2nd, 2019 public board meeting, presenting following board elections. Portland Clean Air has compiled the DEQ Cleaner Air Oregon Chemical Balance Sheets showing total emissions, separately for uncontrolled emissions, and ranked them using the DEQ level I screening of the known health effects of these emissions. Two professional computer programmers volunteered and DEQ checked the work. PCA has also mapped diesel particulate using ODOT 24 hour truck counts. Greg Bourget, Lead Researcher for PCA, will present the data and action planned by a cooperative effort of 35 Neighborhood Associations.

2019 Board Elections in May!

Board elections are happening May 2nd, 2019 at our regular public monthly board meeting, 7:00-9:00PM, at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center.  Everyone is welcome!


What does a board member do?

  • Attend at least 10 monthly board meetings per year, held the 1st Thursday of every month from 7:00-9:00PM.
  • Volunteer at events like neighborhood clean-ups, Movies in the Park, and National Night Out.
  • Discuss and vote on neighborhood issues, appoint committees (as needed), and work on projects pertaining to Brentwood-Darlington.

What about elected positions?

The BDNA has four elected officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

  • The Chair is responsible for presiding over meetings, drawing up the agenda, and generally representing the board and neighborhood when necessary. (Average monthly time commitment ~20-30 hours)
  • The Vice Chair assists the Chair and steps in when the Chair is unable to perform their duties. (Average monthly time commitment ~10-15 hours)
  • The Secretary maintains non-financial records and a list of board members, takes minutes at meetings, and answers correspondence. (Average monthly time commitment ~10-15 hours)
  • The Treasurer is responsible for all funds belonging to the BDNA and must maintain records and report on those funds monthly. (Average monthly time commitment ~5-10 hours)

What if I don’t want to join the Board, but still want to volunteer?

You don’t have to be a board member to volunteer at events or be on a committee! We invite all neighbors to and participate in our four active committees:

  • Land Use and Transportation
  • Outreach and Events
  • Parks and Schools
  • Equity and Inclusion

Willing to attend a meeting and report back? 

Join us on May 2nd and help make YOUR neighborhood a great place to live, work, and play!

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Resources and Food for Thought

On March 19th, Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association and SE Uplift hosted a Community Conversation: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? How Relationships Affect the Places We Live.  Facilitator Jen Mitas led a wonderful conversation with a group of neighbors from around Southeast Portland.  If you missed this Conversation, you can check into the thought provoking resource list below.

Resource list for “Won’t You Be My Neighbor? How Relationships Affect the Places We Live”

Comic: This Is How Borrowing Things From Our Neighbors Strengthens Society

Birch, Eve, ‘The Art of Being a Neighbor’, NPR, 2009. <https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102961694>

Campbell, Alexia Fernández, ‘Neighborhoods Can Shape Success – Down to the Level of a City Block.’ The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 23 May 2016. <http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/05/how-a-neighborhood-block-can-affect-a-perso ns-success/483983/>

Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District, ‘Being A Good Neighbor in Farm Country,’ <https://conservationdistrict.org/resources/rural-property/being-a-good-neighbor-in-farm-country> Dunkelman, Marc J., The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community (New York: W.W. Norton, 2014)

Lorish, Philip and Sam Speers, ’On Politics and Neighborliness,’ 2016. <https://newcitycommons.com/culture-briefing/on-politics-neighborliness>

Mock, Brentin, ‘Toward Being a Better Gentrifier,’ CityLab. 2017. <https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/06/toward-being-a-better-gentrifier/531324/>

Moran, Lauren, ‘Scores for a Block Party,’ 2018. <http://files.cargocollective.com/185228/ScoresforaBlockParty.spreads-ilovepdf-compressed–1-.pdf > Pfister, Carolina, ‘I See You,’ 2018. <https://www.carolinapfister.com/i-see-you>

Putnam, Robert D., Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000)

Rosenblum, Nancy, Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America (Princeton & Oxford: Princeton UP, 2016)

Rodney, Seph, ‘A Public Art Project Invites Gentrifiers To Confess Their Sins,’ Hyperallergic. 2016. <https://hyperallergic.com/300831/a-public-art-project-invites-gentrifiers-to-confess-their-sins/>

Rothman, Joshua, ‘Red Neighbor, Blue Neighbor,’ The New Yorker. November 7, 2016. <https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/07/red-neighbor-blue-neighbor>

Warnick, Melody, This is Where I Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live (Viking, New York, 2016)