Neighborhood Assessment and Action Plan Completion and Report!

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.

View the documents on Google Drive and see all the amazing work that these PSU students have put into our neighborhood!

BD Assessment and Action Plan – Combined Document (with appendices)
BD Assessment and Action Plan (stand alone)
Appendix A Planning Context Neighborhood Assets
Appendix B Community Engagement Report 
Appendix C Resource library

Did something strike a chord?  Join us for our next meeting on July 6th at 7:00PM at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center or contact us today!

SE Uplift Board Elections

Our neighborhood coalition, SE Uplift, is holding elections for new at-large board members in July!  SE Uplift works to assist the citizens and neighborhood associations of Southeast Portland to create communities that are livable, socially diverse, safe, and vital. They provide an organizational structure and forum to empower citizens to effectively resolve issues of livability and community development.  Meetings are held the first Monday of every month from 7:00 to 9:00PM at 3534 SE Main St.  At-large board member positions serve a one-year term.

To be considered for an at-large board position at SE Uplift, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • represent an organization (ex. Bike Loud PDX)
  • have expertise in a certain area (ex. city planning)
  • are a member of an under-represented group (ex. minority or renter)
  • represent a business association (ex. Woodstock Business Association)

(Applicants representing an organization or business association need to be nominated by their organization.)

Interested?  Apply here by June 14th.

Learning Gardens Lab Earth Day Festival

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Sunday, April 23rd, 11:00AM-2:00PM at Learning Garden Labs.

Join the Learning Garden Labs for a FREE fun, family-friendly event!  Live music, free food, garden tours, kids activities, raffle prizes, a plant sale, and more!  Your very own BDNA will be tabling at this event.  Last year’s Earth Day Festival was a ton of fun.  Don’t miss out this year!  Interested in having a table?  Contact Chanel by email.

Grow a Connected Network

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April 6th, 2017 @ 6:30PM (prior to our regular monthly Board Meeting).

This is an informal, networking and connecting for the entire neighborhood and beyond our boundaries.  We’ll have tables staffed by Living Cully, Portland Bureau of Transportation, PSU students, the Artistic Darlings, Girl Scouts, and more!  Join us and grow your network.  

Want to table at the event?  Contact us via Facebook or email.

Community Conversations Events

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Participate in a PSU focus group! You are invited to a conversation to help create a more connected, fun and welcoming Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. Join us for activities and discussion to develop a shared vision for your community and meet some friendly faces along the way.

Events are open and welcome to the community, but are limited in size so, reserve your spot today! Each participant is entered into a drawing for either a Fred Meyer gift card or day passes to the Mt. Scott Community Pool!

Focus groups will be held in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Childcare and dinner will be provided at the Brentwood Community Center. We are trying to hear from a wide-range of community voices, please pass this information along to people you think would be interested! Specific Facebook events are listed below. Please RSVP for the appropriate session.

Learning Garden Labs adds a new demonstration garden

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Photo: Learning Gardens Laboratory site showing the Multnomah County Master Gardener’s present garden (bottom right) and proposed at top.

Announcing a Proposed New Garden and a Community Meeting

A new garden will soon be constructed at the north end of the Learning Gardens site, just east of the existing orchard. The Multnomah Master Gardener Demonstration Garden will be used two mornings a week and occasionally for daytime classes and workshops. The public will be encouraged to enroll in these classes. Gardeners and students will park on the east side of 57th Avenue where a proposed new pedestrian-only entrance will be opened. A proposed vehicle-only entrance will be opened on 58th Avenue for pickup and delivery only (no on-site parking). A greenhouse, approximately 30’ x 40’, will be constructed on the site. All existing trees will be preserved.

For more information, please join us
Saturday, January 14, 2017
10:00am
Learning Gardens Laboratory
6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland (across from Brentwood Park)

Or send your comments or questions to MCMGDemoGardenAnnex@gmail.com