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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish

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Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.  He is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

    

     


Portland's public art receives national recognition

 

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) recognized 37 incredible artworks for this year’s Public Art Network Year in Review, a national honor in public art. Of those selected, two are right here in Portland!

 

Funded by the City of Portland’s Percent for Art program, and managed by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), the two artworks are paradoxical. One highlights Portland’s future, with a focus on transit, while the other is a ghost of Portland’s past.

 

The Streetcar Stop for Portland, by talented artist Jorge Pardo, is located just north of the Rose Quarter at the NE Broadway and Weidler Streetcar stop. Inspired by an evening photograph, the eclectic, sunshine-colored structure consists of over 300 individual panels. Promoting our public transit, the artistic shelter is intended to be a momentary escape from Portland’s rain. The warm hues of orange and yellow makes for a feeling of walking into a sunny day. 


Inversion +/-, by Lead Pencil Studio, is a tall, three-part structure near the Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges, in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District. A nod to the past, the weathered steel structures represent buildings that were demolished in the 1950’s for highway construction, including a foundry, warehouse, and apartment building.  

 

RACC manages more than 2,000 community-owned artworks throughout Portland and Multnomah County.  Visit their website to view the entire collection, and don’t forget to check out Streetcar Stop for Portland and Inversion +/- in person!


July 28, 2014

Building Community

The best part of my job is working with trusted partners to build a stronger community.

 

Here is a snapshot from the past few weeks:

 

1. I attended the opening of Venture Portland’s new office in Southeast Portland. Executive Director Heather Hoelle and her team work with our 50 neighborhood business districts to promote local jobs.

 

2. I joined Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick at the groundbreaking for Daimler’s new headquarters on Swan Island. Daimler is investing $150 million and creating over 400 new jobs.

 

3. I celebrated the re-dedication of Dawson Park in North Portland. Portland Parks and Recreation, PDC, the Parks Foundation and community partners worked to revitalize this historic park. And Legacy Emmanuel Hospital donated the funds for a new children’s fountain.

 

4. I attended the groundbreaking of the Urban Grange at Zenger Farm in East Portland. The Grange will serve low-income and immigrant families, expanding Zenger’s work in sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and hunger relief.

 

5. I spoke at the dedication of LifeWorks Northwest’s new Beech Street Apartments in Northeast Portland. The Portland Housing Bureau invested $3.2 million of urban renewal funds (the 30% set-aside) in the development. It is the new home for Project Network, a culturally-focused residential treatment program for people recovering from substance abuse.

 

Working with local employers – big and small – to create good jobs; investing in great parks and a sustainable future; helping people in need.

 

These are the cornerstones of a stronger community.


July 25, 2014

Friday Roundup


July 25, 2014

Giving families a second chance

 

This morning, Nick was pleased to attend the grand opening of LifeWorks Northwest’s Beech Street Apartments in Northeast Portland.

 

As former housing Commissioner, Nick believes in building not just homes – but a stronger community. 

 

The City was proud to partner with LifeWorks Northwest and Home Forward to build the homes, and help improve the quality of life for some of Portland’s most vulnerable families.

 

The Beech Apartments provide a unique service. In addition to providing safe, affordable homes, the building also houses Project Network, a culturally-focused residential treatment program for women recovering from substance abuse problems. In addition to 32 permanent apartments, 29 apartments will serve as temporary homes for women in treatment.

 

The building would not have been possible without our strong community partners. In addition to Home Forward and Lifeworks Northwest, Holst Architecture stepped in with their beautiful design. Fresh of their award-winning Bud Clark Commons, Holst’s work at the Beech Apartments is expected to earn LEED Platinum certification, thanks to energy- and cost-saving materials. It’s a shining example of why Portland is a leader in green building and infrastructure. 

 

Learn more about Beech Street Apartments on Home Forward’s website, and check out all the services that LifeWorks NW provides on their website.

 

Photos courtesy of Andie Petkus Photography


July 24, 2014

Out & about on a Sunday afternoon

Though we have had some rain, the warmth and sun return this weekend!  Here are some great ways to enjoy a sunny Sunday in our community:  

 

The Big Float

 

Join Portlanders of all ages for a leisurely float on the Willamette River – yes – that Willamette.    Thanks to Portland’s investment in the Bureau of Environmental Services’ “Big Pipe” projects, which prevents sewer and stormwater from overflowing into our waterways, the river’s water quality is safe for swimming in the summer!

 

With live music, a parade, and an after party, the Big Float is a great way to beat the heat and have fun. 

 

Register on the Big Float’s website.

 

The Big Float

Waterfront Park

1 – 5 pm

 

Sunday Parkways

 

Grab your friends or family, and your bike, blades, or walking shoes, and head over to the beautiful Northeast Neighborhood Greenways for July’s Sunday Parkways event. Stop by Woodlawn, Alberta, and Fernhill Parks for fun activities, festive music, and food!

 

Sunday Parkways encourages healthy, active living through a series of free events that opens the city’s largest public space – our streets – to walk, bike, roll, and more around the community.  Get outside, get active, and meet your fellow Portlanders.

 

Learn more about the program, including a map of the event, on the Bureau of Transportation’s website.

 

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways

11 am – 4 pm

 

Lents Street Fair

 

Venture to the Lents neighborhood in Southeast Portland for a day of international music and food!

 

The Lents Street Fair kicks-off with the “Founder’s Day” parade at 12:15 pm, to honor the historical and cultural diversity of the neighborhood.  

 

After the parade, enjoy international and local rock music, taste an array of culinary delights and refreshments, shop local vendors, and view Portland’s animal celebrities, the Belmont Goats. 

 

Street Fairs are a great way to enjoy the sun, meet our neighbors, and support local small businesses. 

 

Lents Street Fair

91st and Foster

12:15 – 8 pm

 

Have a great weekend!


July 24, 2014

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