News from around Portland's neighborhoods
Canadian planners to talk
With the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association working to develop a community plaza in the Rieke Triangle, a free public discussion about neighborhood centers in Vancouver, British Columbia, is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Room 34 of the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway.
The event will feature presentations by three Vancouver planners who will talk about their city's efforts to build compact housing, public transit and commercial development around defined neighborhood nodes or centers.
One scheduled speaker is Lance Berelowitz, a principal at Urban Forum Associates who also is the author of 'Dream City: Vancouver and the Global Imagination.'
Another is Anthony Pearl, the director and a professor of planning and geography with the urban studies program at Simon Fraser University.
The third is Dave Ramslie, an urban designer and planner working for the 'green buildings' planner for the city of Vancouver.
Bike shop set to reopen
Northwest Bicycles, 916 N.W. 21st Ave., for years the only bicycle shop in Northwest Portland that catered to street bikes, has closed.
Another neighborhood biking institution - Fat Tire Farm - has taken over and will reopen the store around the end of next month.
Park Chambers, owner of Fat Tire Farm, 2714 N.W. Thurman St., said he will change the shop's name to 21st Avenue Bikes, but the shop itself will remain largely unchanged. Northwest Bicycles' shop manager, Jose Cano, and mechanic Hugh Nixon will remain on staff at the new store.
'We do mountain bikes over here (at Fat Tire Farm), and 21st Avenue Bikes will do the asphalt market,' Chambers said. 'Commuters are huge.'
Chambers said Matt Labadie and Ron Hinckley, who had run Northwest Bicycles for 32 years, were ready to get out of the bike business. 'They were tired,' Chambers said.
School's future rankles
The City Council's 3-2 vote last week to donate the site of the former John Ball Elementary to a nonprofit called Generations of Hope has upset Portsmouth neighbors, who say there was no real public process in determining the best use of the site.
The nonprofit plans to develop an intergenerational foster care community called Portland Hope Meadows at the site, 4221 N. Willis Blvd.
Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who championed the idea, had introduced it to the Portsmouth Neighborhood Association months ago. But many neighbors who testified at the recent council hearing said his mind already was made up.
Saltzman insists that the project was not a 'done deal,' said Shannon Callahan, his director of social policy. Because neighbors have expressed interest in a new branch library in Portsmouth, Saltzman will lobby for one, she said.
He also plans to involve neighbors in the planning process over the next couple of years as they move forward, she said.
More trees to take root
Residents of the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood who are interested in a tree from the nonprofit group Friends of Trees have until Wednesday to complete an interest form and send it to neighborhood coordinator Colin Rowan.
Residents interested in purchasing a tree, for $75, will then be part of a Feb. 17 tree planting.
The Friends of Trees' Neighborhood Trees program provides trees that grow well in Portland neighborhoods. Volunteers help plant the trees on residents' properties, and make sure the newly planted trees are cared for during the first summer after planting.
The program has planted thousands of trees in Portland to help increase the city's tree canopy.
Forms, and Rowan's contact information, are at the neighborhood association Web site, www.bwna.org.
Hostel will harvest rain
The Hawthorne Hostel will host an open house Nov. 9 to share design plans and offer schemata for community involvement relating to its 'rainwater harvesting' effort scheduled to begin in January.
The event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. The hostel, 3031 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., will erect a swale to manage storm water onsite and unveil an environmental mural early next year.
Leaf loads welcomed
If you missed the city's first fall leaf recycling date last weekend, there will be plenty more. On certain weekend days, the following depots will be open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. in east Portland:
Lents Park (Southeast 88th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard): Nov. 11, Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10
Floyd Light School (Southeast 108th Avenue and Washington Street): Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 10
The fees are $1 per carload; $4 per truck, SUV or trailer; and $5 per truck and trailer load combined. Only leaves are accepted; no other yard debris allowed. For information, call 503-823-1784.