Posted By Kate Washington on November 6, 2011
Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.
1000 Friends of Oregon Hosts Wim Wiewel for Discussion of University’s Role in the City As Portland has garnered international attention for its commitment to sustainability and smart urban design, Portland State University has played an integral role in developing this reputation. When Portland State selected Wim Wiewel as its President in 2008, the university made a choice that reflected its commitment continuing this active participation in shaping Portland’s future—to fulfilling its motto: “Let Knowledge Serve the City.” Dr. Wiewel, who holds degrees in sociology and urban planning and has an impressive academic career including work in Amsterdam, Baltimore, and Chicago, has further enhanced Portland State’s reputation as a hotspot for innovation in urban planning and sustainability. 1000 Friends of Oregon is pleased to host Wim Wiewel in Portland on Wednesday, October 16, for the final event in our 2013 McCall Society Speaker Series. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 PM, followed by a presentation and Q&A from 6:00‐7:00 PM. The event will be held at the Augen Gallery, 716 NW Davis St. This event is free and open to the public. Donations to 1000 Friends of Oregon will be accepted and appreciated. RSVPs are required as space is limited. Visit www.friends.org/webforms/registration-wim-wiewel-portland to RSVP. Wim Wiewel holds degrees in sociology and urban planning from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD in sociology from Northwestern University. Prior to coming to Portland State, he was provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs at the University of Baltimore, where he spearheaded a new emphasis on the university’s role in the city’s revitalization. Previously, Dr. Wiewel served as dean as the College of Business Administration and the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he helped establish the Great Cities Program and the Center for Urban Economic Development. He has authored dozens of articles in such publications as Economic Geography and the Journal of the American Planning Association. He is also co‐author of Global Universities and Urban Development (2008), The University as Urban Developer (2005), and Partnerships for Smart Growth (2005), among other books. At the Augen Gallery October 16, Dr. Wiewel will share his ideas and observations about the role of Portland State University, and universities in general, in the civic, cultural, and economic life of the city. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a discussion with Dr. Wiewel about these topics and his vision for the future of Portland State. “1000 Friends of Oregon is committed to making the most of Oregon’s urban centers—creating neighborhoods where people are proud to live, work, study, and play. We are fortunate to have a partner like Portland State University doing such great things in the heart of Portland, led by such a visionary individual as Dr. Wiewel,” said Jason Miner, Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon. “We are thrilled to hear his ideas about where Portland can go next.” This event is free and open to the public. Donations to 1000 Friends of Oregon will be accepted and appreciated. RSVPs are required as space is limited. Visit www.friends.org/webforms/registration-wim-wiewel-portland to RSVP. 1000 Friends of Oregon is a nonprofit charitable organization with offices in Eugene, Grants Pass, and Portland. Founded in 1975, 1000 Friends works with Oregonians to enhance the state’s quality of life by building livable urban and rural communities, protecting family farms and forests, and conserving natural areas. Contact: Craig Beebe, Communications and Development Coordinator, (503) 497‐1000 x129, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday January 10th at 10:30am the Pearl District Neighborhood Association will be installing the first 4 of 60 donated trashcans (each trashcan new cost approximately $900). The way this volunteer driven program came together is what makes the event special. A number of organizations working side-by-side, including CleanScapes, the City of Portland, the Seattle Seahawks, the PDBA, Jan Valentine (Livability Chair of the PDNA) and an army volunteers created and implemented a program called Adopt-a-Trashcan. The Adopt-a-Trashcan program was developed for a need that surfaced in our rapidly growing neighborhood. The PDNA Livability Committee noticed that the Pearl District did not have some of the essential tools an urban neighborhood needs to keep its streets clean and welcoming. There were a number of problems that were starting to develop. Trash, graffiti, pet waste, cigarette butts and noise were the first problems that the PDNA Livability committee decided to address. If you have ever walked through the Pearl you may have left with the same empty coffee cup or worse…pet waste bag that you came with. The few trashcans in the Pearl have been taken care of over the years by civic minded companies like Cha Cha Cha. Up to this point these companies have received little or no recognition for their efforts. Their efforts include emptying multiple trashcans, multiple times per day. Our plan is to place a plaque on each trashcan in the Pearl District that has been adopted on a volunteer basis. This plaque will be to recognize new and long standing volunteers. Adopt-a-Trashcan was created after research was conducted and a position paper was written. http://www.pearldistrict.org/2010/03/trash-in-the-pearl-livability-position-paper/ The PDNA Livability Committee first went to the City of Portland and was unable to solicit their help, initially. Joshua Ryan with the PDBA was eventually able to convince them to donate 24 concrete city issue trashcans. Later, Denay Love with CleanScapes coordinated a donation from the Seattle Seahawks of 36 additional trashcans. Phase 1 of the Adopt-a-Trashcan program is now complete with 30 of the trashcans being adopted by businesses, residents, and organizations. We will be installing the first of many needed trashcans Monday. If you are interested in using our story to encourage community volunteerism please contact the PDNA’s Livability Committee at email@example.com.
From the Zimmerman Community Center Board of Directors: As a past supporter of the Zimmerman Community Center (ZCC), we wanted you to be among the first to know that we just completed an exciting transition. At the end of 2014, ZCC ceased to exist as a separate entity and started 2015 as part of Friendly House, which shares our vision of creating community in the rapidly growing Pearl neighborhood of Northwest Portland. As some of you will recall, the ZCC concept started in 1995, with a bequest from Isobel Zimmerman, a lifelong Portland resident who taught math and science at Franklin High School. Miss Zimmerman's grandfather homesteaded in Fairview, when it was a rural area east of Portland. She lived all her life in the Victorian farmhouse he built and her father expanded, which is now a Gresham City Park and museum that preserves the 20th Century life of one pioneer family (Zimmerman Heritage Farm at 171st and Sandy Blvd). Just as the Zimmermans were pioneers in East Multnomah County, so the Zimmerman Community Center was a pioneer in the River District, when it was just horse barns, rail yards and warehouses. As The Pearl grew up around us, we served the community first out of an office in Union Station, then sequentially in rented storefronts on Lovejoy, Hoyt and 10th Avenue, while we looked for a partner and permanent home. During those years, ZCC was guided by a talented and dedicated Board of Directors and ably led by Executive Directors Patricia Rumer, George Meier, and Nancy Davis, with Kristina Smock as strategic and tactical consultant. In February 2011 we moved into a permanent home on the ground floor of The Ramona, an affordable family apartment building on NW 14th and Quimby. Kris Moore succeeded Nancy Davis as Executive Director. Ed McNamara, our landlord, was a very supportive partner, as we provided programming for the families in the Ramona and the surrounding neighborhood. Over the years, we've sponsored community gardens, and offered Isobel's Clubhouse for preschoolers and their adults, after school ping pong and chess for middle schoolers, drama classes with the NW Children's Theater, and adult activities like yoga and Creative Outlet. Most recently we offered the popular After School Activities Program (ASAP) for the children from the Ramona and the Early Learner's Academy, a Portland Public Schools program also housed in The Ramona. When our center was not in use, it was available to rent by outside groups, like the Italian Preschool, and by families for birthday parties and other celebrations. Friendly House, a non-profit neighborhood center and social service agency located at NW 26th and Savier, has a long history of serving families, children and adults in NW Portland. For 85 years, they have offered quality educational, recreational and other life-sustaining services for people of all ages and backgrounds. Friendly House will now expand into The Ramona to serve the growing population around the Pearl. Initially, they expect to offer a toddler play group, exercise classes for all ages, support and education for older adults, after school enrichment classes for school age kids, and more, depending on interest and need. (See below for the link to an interest survey by Friendly House.) The facility will also be available for rent, when Friendly House programs are not being offered. To learn more, you are invited to attend an Open House at the community center (now called Friendly House in the Pearl) on Saturday January 31, from noon - 3 pm. It will be a family-friendly event with a musical puppet show by Red Yarn. Two former members of the ZCC board will ease the transition by serving on the Friendly House board. We know you will be interested in following the progress of Friendly House in the Pearl and perhaps responding to opportunities to become involved in their ongoing mission "building community, one friend at a time!" Thank you for all the past support you have provided for ZCC and our programs. It has been a pleasure to serve you and the community for 20 years! Friendly House wants your input. Please complete their survey by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FHP_NA15. Sincerely, Kim Sordyl, Chair, and the ZCC Board of Directors