The Eastmoreland Historic District Proposal... In June of 2015 I wrote a post in my blog about the experience of trying to find and buy a home in Portland. At the time, we were renting a lovely home in Eastmoreland but the owner had decided to sell and we had begun searching for a … Continue reading How Does a Middle-Class Family Compete With the Money of Developers? By Chris Timberlake
“I'm wondering where the heroes went. Gosh, I don't know how long ago they left. Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better.” -- Tom McCall I am a native Californian -- a third-generation Mexican-American. … Continue reading The Importance of Heritage By Manda Bonilla Blum
There’s a whole lot going on in the Residential Infill Project (RIP). In my last post, I wrote about how the RIP effectively rezoned Eastmoreland from a single-family residential neighborhood into a multi-family residential neighborhood. But RIP is a big deal not just for what it says, but also for what it doesn’t say. Nowhere … Continue reading Duniway enrollment already at levels projected for 2027. Increased enrollment and deep staff cuts create major challenge for Duniway Elementary.
My family moved into our first Eastmoreland house in 1983. My dad had finished grad school and was starting his first big job in Portland. My parents were in their late 20’s and had heard about Eastmoreland from a family friend. My mom came to tour the neighborhood and immediately knew it was the right … Continue reading Always a House For Me by Katie Dorst Lamb, Neighbor
A couple days ago, I was speaking to a friend in the neighborhood. He told me that he supported the Historic District, but felt hypocritical about doing so because a few years ago his family had done some renovations to their home that affected some portion of the home exterior and footprint. Like most Eastmoreland … Continue reading Encouraging words for a conflicted friend
While HEART and many others were going about celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability was busy getting started on transforming City code and maps based on the recently adopted Residential Infill Project, or RIP. If you’re not familiar with RIP, the goal was to figure out how to accommodate the … Continue reading Eastmoreland Rezoned as Multi-family
A note from the next generation: We bought our home last winter. It sits on a corner lot overlooking beautiful trees and has the most wonderful neighbors you could hope for. It was a prime candidate for a Portland “remodel.” That species of speculative development by bulldozer that razes a quality smaller home and replaces … Continue reading Even Young People Support an Eastmoreland Historic District! By Allyson Peterson, Eastmoreland Neighbor
Half a billion dollars! I keep hearing that the provisions of the Residential Infill Project (RIP) will curb demolitions because they impose restrictions on height and home size. But in Eastmoreland, this just isn’t true. In fact, there is over half a billion dollars (yes, Billion, with a ‘B’) in potential value in the proposed … Continue reading No End In Site for Demolitions without an HD
What is the definition of a Demolition? Why do some homes look like they have been demolished but it doesn't show up that way when I looked at their permit? What is the definition of a Major Alteration? We are providing links to the City of Portland's Bureau of Building Development Services guides on Demolition … Continue reading WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DEMOLITION VS. A MAJOR ALTERATION?
Hello, My name is Joe Dudman. I am one of your neighbors. I live in the 1928 Eastmoreland house at 36th and Rex that my parents bought in 1960 and I grew up in. I would like to give you my personal, independent, and individual perspective on the importance of approving the Eastmoreland Historic District, … Continue reading Eastmoreland Has Always Been More Than Just a Collection of “Me”s and Individual Dreams By Joe Dudman, Eastmoreland Neighbor