PBOT is evaluating disability parking spaces in metered areas in an effort to improve access and provide an easier parking experience for those with disabilities. The information they are interested in learning relates to the current use of the existing disability parking spaces and desired new/re-allocated locations. Please help by providing your feedback in their Disability Parking Survey.
From Office of Neighborhood Involvement:
Don’t forget! Less than one week remains to submit your Disability Power PDX application
Get your application in today! Applications for the Spring 2018 Disability Power PDX (DP2) close on December 4th. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with a disability who wants to deepen their community engagement skills, build cross-disability community, and create change in government and communities.
Disability Power PDX Materials are now available in: Arabic عربي, Chinese 中文, Japanese 日本語, Laotian ລາວ, Russian Русский, Romanian Română, Somali Soomaali, Spanish Español, Ukrainian Україньска, and Vietnamese Tiếng Việt, Translated Disability Power PDX Materials.
What will DP2 do?
Disability Power PDX offers training, skill building, and practical experience for people with disabilities who want to affect public policy and become more engaged in Portland communities.
Members of Disability Power PDX will participate in a series of workshops, individual learning opportunities, and meetings with local organizations to increase their knowledge of local engagement opportunities and ability to effectively engage in Portland civic life. Members will learn about disability identity and culture, accessing community resources, and navigating local and national government.
A note on “disability” –
Please know that “disability” is a political and social word referencing incredibly diverse experiences, including people with mental health, cognitive, mobility, intellectual, and sensory disabilities and long-term medical conditions.
Who should apply?
Any person with a disability who is interested! With this program’s focus on lifting up the experiences of disabled people who experience societal oppression across multiple identities, we especially encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences, including race, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, age, and other ways people identify.
If you’re a person with a disability who celebrates differences; cares about local communities and government; and wants to be a part of groups creating change, consider applying for Disability Power PDX. Find more information and ways to apply at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/disabilitypowerpdx.
From Office of Neighborhood Involvement:
Immigrants and Refugees with Disabilities to be topic for November 30th Dis/Representation event
Where: PCC’s Cascade Campus Cascade Hall, Room 209, 705 North Killingsworth Street
When: Thursday, November 30 2017, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Dis/Representation’s “Evolving Disability Discussions” November 30th event will focus on Immigrants and Refugees with Disabilities from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saara Hirsi and Abdi Mohamed will lead the November discussion. They will address systemic issues of Isolation, Employment, and Education faced by refugees with disabilities. The event is free and open to the public.
The event is at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus’ Cascade Hall, Room 209, 705 North Killingsworth Street. Accommodations available upon request are: ASL Interpreters, Audio Description, Real-Time Captioning (CART), and Alternate Formats. For accommodation requests, please contact one week in advance to ensure they will be available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For accommodations, transit and parking info, online participation, discussion materials and more, visit http://www. dacphome.org/programs/disrepresentation, or contact the Disability Art and Culture Project at email@example.com.
Please note that PCC visitors parking a vehicle are required to purchase and display a permit. Parking costs $2 for two hours. When attending PCC events, please refrain from parking on neighborhood streets.
Dis/Representation is made possible through a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and our partnership with Portland Community College Disability Services.
The meeting will include:
- Roundtable discussions;
- Officials’ responses to pressing neighborhood concerns.
- Read a detailed description of the evening here.
- Explore resources for neighborhood action here.
How did this meeting come into being?
Read the history of the meeting below.
What are the goals of the meeting?
Find details here.
“Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon,” a free conversation with Willamette University professor Emily Drew on Thursday, October 26th at 10 am at Southeast Uplift, 3534 SE Main St Portland, OR 97214.
This program is hosted by SE Uplift and sponsored by Oregon Humanities. Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about free this community discussion, please contact Muz Afzal at (503)232-0010 ext 319.
From the GPS Consulting, PSU MURP Workshop Team:
Through the Master of Urban of Regional Planning (MURP) program at Portland State University (PSU), we have the pleasure of completing a practical and applied planning process with a client and community in a short 6 month timeline. Luckily, a group of six MURPs, took the opportunity to work with you, Brentwood-Darlington and the City of Portland to complete a Neighborhood Assessment and Action Plan. We first would like to say thank you. Brentwood-Darlington is an amazing community with motivated individuals that influence positive change everyday. It has been a true pleasure meeting all of you, building important relationships, and working together to develop this plan. We could not have done it with you.
Based on the project proposal and initial conversations we had with Marty Stockton, Southeast District Liaison for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), we identified that increasing livability and stability for BD residents was the city’s primary goal. Additionally, the city wanted to better understand the most pressing challenges BD faces. In our first conversations with residents, you asked us how to strengthen neighborhood identity and engage diverse voices in the neighborhood. As well as, you wanted to build off of current momentum and understand how to be more effective advocates in addressing your infrastructure challenges.
From neighborhood walks to multi-cultural focus groups, we learned a great deal of information from the people in your community. The most overwhelming thing we heard from you was infrastructure deficiencies and sidewalk concerns. We learned about your amazing and successful grassroots organizing history from interviews with neighbors that have been in BD for over 50 years. Our neighborhood survey told us that many of your moved to the neighborhood for its affordability and the opportunity to buy a home.
All of these interactions with people within Brentwood-Darlington framed our conversations with technical and academic advisors, professional mentors, non-profit organizations and many more. These conversations outlined what all is possible for the neighborhood via collaborations with constituents around the city.
The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Assessment and Action Plan is meant to inform the City of your most pressing challenges and priorities for the future. We hope this project and our final plan serves as a guide and a touchstone; a reminder of where the neighborhood has been, and an arrow pointing the way to the community’s shared vision of the future.
Here are a short list of recommendations vetted by us and other planning experts, but that were inspired by all of you:
- Maintain affordable homes like mobile home parks with the “right of first refusal”
- Purchase naturally occurring affordable multi-family properties
- Transform the property on the NE corner of 72nd and Flavel into a mixed-use development
- Add a N/S route along 72nd Avenue that would link Brentwood-Darlington to Mt Scott Community
- Center and the Foster/Powell neighborhood
- Re-route the #19 bus that goes downtown over the Tilikum Bridge to cut down on commute time downtown
- Make Cooper a “play street”
- Designating SE 52nd as a neighborhood corridor
- Seek rezoning some of the current R2.5 residential zoning south of Flavel Street
- Bring back the community policing program
- BDNA to connect with existing organizations, like the Vietnamese Community of Oregon or the Latino Network, which hosts a Latino Parent Group that meets monthly at Lane
- Apply for an AmeriCorps to fund a paid position for the BDNA
- Celebrate your successes with neighborhood placards in places like Harney Park and the Community Center
We invite you to celebrate with us, ask us your questions and discuss how the neighborhood can take action and move forward with positive change at our Neighborhood Celebration on June 25th at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center. There will be an ice cream sundae bar, cake, yard games, and more! We hope to see you there to celebrate what an awesome community you have and one that we enjoyed to work with ever so dearly.