Don’t miss our monthly meeting, TONIGHT, November 2nd, 2017, 7:00-9:00PM at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center. Featuring special guest, Mayor Ted Wheeler! Can’t make it to the meeting? Submit your question 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.
It’s that time of year for the Annual Harvest Festival at the Learning Gardens Lab. Bring the whole family for a celebration of autumn with us 🍁🍃🎃! They will also be hosting a donation drive for Puerto Rico.
Check out the farm stand, pumpkin patch and get a garden tour from their wonderful staff and volunteer members! There will be kids activities and crafts such as posie making and pumpkin painting. Rain or shine they will be out there! Don’t forget to stop by the BDNA table and say, “Hi!”
Join our local schools on August 26th from 9:00AM-12:00PM to beautify before classes begin! Lane Middle School, Woodmere Elementary School, and Whitman Elementary School are all having events. Pick your school and pitch in before the bell rings!
Don’t miss this free, family-friendly community celebration!
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:
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.