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Livability Committee 2013 Goals

Posted By Kate Washington on February 5, 2013

  • Featured News, Livability

The livability committee has committed itself to 4 goals in 2013:

  • install an information kiosk in the neighborhood
  • develop a recycling/sustainability program
  • address the hauler/trash/delivery noise disturbances
  • coordinate a Movies in the Park event for The Fields

Information kiosks have been successful in other neighborhoods and with as much foot traffic and as many visitors as the Pearl District enjoys year round, it could be valuable to have one here. It would be used for posting neighborhood events and notices, distributing maps and sharing emergency preparedness information. A non-internet option is a good way to share information with the broad variety of people who pass through our neighborhood. Currently, the committee is exploring construction and funding options. If you would like to participate in this project, please contact Bill Dolan for more information.


A neighborhood as focused on sustainability as the Pearl is needs a more comprehensive recycling effort. To that end, the livability committee has dedicated itself to exploring ways to increase building participation in recycling programs. There are many ways that individuals and entire buildings can recycle more waste and increase the sustainability of the neighborhood and the livability committee will evaluate which methods could work in our neighborhood and craft a plan for implementation. If you would like to participate in this project, please contact Julie Donaldson for more information.


Every neighborhood has its own noise problems and because the Pearl District is a mixed-use neighborhood, it has very unique noise problems. In 2012, it became clear that the 24-hour noise of delivery vehicles and trash vehicles was a livability concern for some neighbors. The livability committee had small success with noise abatement last year and is encouraged to approach the broader scope this year. If you would like to participate in this project, please contact Jan Valentine for more information.


Every summer, Parks and Recreation hosts Movies in the Park at parks throughout Portland. For the past six years, Portland community members have gathered by the tens of thousands with their neighbors and families to watch movies in their parks. Each event features a live band prior to each show and popcorn – all for free as part of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free for All. These events provide not only great entertainment value but a wonderful chance to create a sense of community and involvement. Each event is co-sponsored by its own organizing group, many with roots in the individual neighborhood associations. If you would like to participate in this project, please contact Shawn Palko for more information.


Of course, you are also welcome to attend any of our public meetings. The livability committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at Cupcake Jones. See our calendar for more details.


Author: Kate Washington

Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.

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