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Fish team tours Oregon Historical Society


This afternoon, the Fish team enjoyed a tour of the Oregon Historical Society's latest exhibit, 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy.


The breathtaking collection is possible in large part to the Mark Family's generosity, and their impressive collection of Presidential memorabilia. It's the largest privately-held collection in the country.


Pete Mark graciously walked us through the exhibit, which includes a rare first printing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the House of Representatives copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, a Civil War uniform and saber, correspondence between President Lincoln and other American leaders, and more.


The exhibit is up through October 6. Learn more about Lincoln's Legacy and other exhibits on OHS's website: http://www.ohs.org/. The Oregon Historical Society is free to residents of Multnomah County.

August 8, 2014

Friday Roundup

August 8, 2014

Ritual 660'

Starting next Monday, take a break from your busy workday, and see the Portland Building’s latest art installation!


Lewis and Clark graduate Abigail McNamara takes viewers on a journey of a single minute in our busy lives, in her latest art venture – Ritual, 660’. 


On June 29, from nearly dawn till dusk, McNamara sat in the Portland Building, and watched the comings and goings of people. Recreating the flow of moments she observed, McNamara devised a floor to ceiling string-graph, covered in wax.  


A blend of chaos and fluidity, the installation expresses our lives and state of mind in a moment of our hurried and routine work day.


The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art.


Check out RACC’s website for more information about the Installation Art Series.


Portland Building Installation Space

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm


Photo courtesy of RACC. 

August 7, 2014

Venture Portland publishes Annual Report

As Council liaison to Venture Portland, Nick was pleased to welcome Executive Director Heather Hoelle and her team to City Council today, to share Venture Portland’s annual report.


Venture Portland invests in the smart, strategic growth of Portland’s 50 unique neighborhood business districts. In the U.S., more than half of Americans own or work for a neighborhood small business. Here in Portland, our economy is built on a foundation of small businesses – over 95% of local businesses have 50 or fewer employees.


In the last few years, Venture Portland’s membership has increased by more than 75%! From training and technical assistance to awarding grants, Venture Portland is raising the profile of our neighborhood small businesses.


Yesterday, The Oregonian reported that thanks to our strong local business community, job growth in Portland is higher than most cities in the U.S.


Learn more about your local business districts, find upcoming street fairs, business events, and more on Venture Portland’s website!


Venture Portland Annual Report: 2013-14


In job growth, Portland beats most metros

Molly Young in The Oregonian

August 6, 2014

East Portland's budding soccer stars get a new field


Yesterday, Nick was proud to join Commissioner Fritz, Mayor Hales, and the Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star players to celebrate the grand opening of Montavilla Park’s new futsal field.


Our MLS All-Stars have taken the city by storm this week, and they wanted to get together and give back to their host, the city of Portland.


With the help of Portland Parks & Recreation, MLS organizers secured a site: an old tennis court in East Portland. MLS then partnered with the Portland Timbers, Adidas, and Wells Fargo to build the generous, $200,000 outdoor futsal court in Montavilla Park.  Futsal is a variation of soccer played on a smaller field.


The futsal court is a much-needed, state-of-the art soccer field, built with re-purposed turf from Providence Park.  That means that our future soccer stars in East Portland now get to play on turf once graced by the Timbers!


Monday’s celebration was a hit. Young East Portland soccer fans and players got to meet (and take selfies with!) America’s best soccer players – and bend it like Beckham on their brand new turf field.


MLS All-Star Game players help celebrate new futsal field at Montavilla Park

Melissa Binder in The Oregonian

Portland Timbers fill seats, help boost success of $12 million city bet on stadium renovations

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

August 5, 2014

Paddle through the Columbia Slough

This Sunday, grab your family, and head to the 20th Annual Columbia Slough Regatta!


This on-the-water festival is great for families and enthusiastic kayakers or canoeists alike.  Paddle at your own pace, and enjoy a peaceful wildlife-watching excursion on calm, safe water.  


Sponsored in part by the Portland Water Bureau, the Columbia’s hidden waterway is an important habitat for some of Oregon’s most beautiful creatures, including bald eagles, Western Painted turtles, otters, and more!  

Register on the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s website.


Columbia Slough Regatta

Sunday, August 3, 9 am – 1 pm

NE Mason Street and NE 150th Court

August 1, 2014

Friday Roundup

August 1, 2014

Soccer City, USA in the spotlight

Get ready Portland! This Friday ushers in a week-long celebration of world-class soccer.


Portland will welcome our MLS All Stars and Germany’s Bayern Munich with a number of events – including free concerts on the Waterfront, the chance to watch World Cup champs train at Providence Park, and a pop-up soccer field in Pioneer Square!


Our local small businesses have also caught soccer fever. Thanks to grants from Venture Portland, the Hawthorne, Parkrose, Overlook and University Park business associations are each hosting soccer events and special promotions in their districts (see list below for more info).


On Wednesday, Portland will be the world’s soccer spotlight as our MLS All Stars take on Bayern Munich at Providence Park. The German squad will include World Cup stars such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller, and the World Cup Final winning goal-scorer, Mario Gotze.


The Oregonian’s Jaime Hale breaks it down for us – from soccer matches to grilled cheese contests, Portland is showing the world why we’re known as Soccer City, USA.


Overlook Village Kick it Up!

August 2, 11 am – 4 pm

N Killingsworth St & Concord Ave


Hawthorne Boulevard - Kick Kick Score!

August 3, 11 am – 6 pm

SE Hawthorne & 18th Ave


Shop Parkrose to Score!

August 1-9

Parkrose Business District


University Park Ticket to Soccer City USA

Now through August 4

University Park Business District

Once Portland landed 2014 MLS All-Star Game, Merritt Paulson knew he 'wanted to do it big'

Jame Goldberg in The Oregonian

MLS All-Star Games features best talent yet in 19th season

Pete Christopher in The Oregonian

July 31, 2014

Monitoring our watersheds

The Portland Area Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Program (PAWMAP) measures the health of our local watersheds.

Based on a national monitoring program called EMAP, PAWMAP samples 32 sites each year along the Willamette River, Columbia Slough, and Johnson, Fanno, and Tryon Creeks. 

Using top-notch science, PAWMAP uses the samples to show overall health of our waterways, including water temperature, oxygen levels, and presence of pathogens or metals. The results help us determine the effectiveness of protection and restoration projects, and how our sewage treatment and stormwater management programs are working. The information also lets us compare our watershed health against other waterways, both locally and nationally. 


Over the last few months, PAWMAP biologists have been surveying bird populations to help assess the quality and health of our watershed. A biologist counts all of the birds they see in an 8-minute period, creating a “bird census.”

With programs like PAWMAP, the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) ensures that our watersheds are healthy – which protects public health, makes our communities more livable, and supports Oregon’s beautiful plants and critters.  It also ensures a healthy place to live for future generations of Oregonians.

BES publishes its findings annually.  Check out the reports on BES’ website.

July 30, 2014

Shine bright like a diamond

The lights on Broadway are shining brighter!


Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, in partnership with the Energy Trust of Oregon, is making Portland dazzle –with quality, energy-efficient lighting.


Last week, 7,642 light bulbs were changed outside the Newmark, Brunish, and Winningstad Theaters, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – including our iconic Portland sign on SW Broadway. 


Old, energy-draining bulbs were replaced with long lasting, energy-efficient LED bulbs that have at least 5 year lifespans - saving 186,000 kilowatt hours.  That’s enough energy to power 16 households!  Portland’5 will also save a lot of money – more than $18,000 annually.


Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison for Portland’5, the 5th largest performing arts center in the nation. Each year, they bring over 1,000 performances, lectures, – and now, sustainable lighting - to Portland in some of our most iconic buildings. 


Portland's arts center replaces 7,642 light bulbs to save energy, dollars

David Stabler in The Oregonian


Photo courtesy of The Oregonian.

July 29, 2014

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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