Northeast Portland Neighborhoods

Open Studios calls for artists

Open Studios calls for artists

By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News

Portland Open Studios, the annual opportunity for local artists to open their work spaces to the public, is seeking participants for the 2014 tour, said Linda Kiley, the marketing chairwoman.

The deadline to apply for inclusion in the event is March 15. All visual media, except film, are reviewed by a jury of three art professionals. Application information is available at,More

Happy birthday, Northeast Community Center (NECC)

Happy birthday, Northeast Community Center (NECC)

By Mickey Harnage, board member, Northeast Community Center

The public is invited to help celebrate the Northeast Community Center’s eighth birthday on February 12. Everyone is welcome to enjoy treats in the lobby of the Northeast Community Center (NECC) at 1630 N.E. 38th Ave., meet members and tour the facility. The NECC began when the community’s reaction to the closing of the Northeast Family YMCA resulted in the buying of … More

Muralists complete Boise project then move to North Tabor

Spacecraft, an artistic collaborative, has completed most of the work on a community mural on North Mississippi Avenue in the Boise neighborhood. Now they are looking to do a similar project on the wall of Southeast Precinct, in Muralists complete Boise project, head for North Tabor.
The Mississippi mural, on the wall of a Portland Bureau of Transportation property south of North Fremont Street, is mostly complete except … More

Albina Fuel Development Approved

Last month the Portland Design Commission approved a design for Capstone Development’s Grant Park Village, clearing the way for the multi-use project on the old Albina Fuel property on Northeast Broadway at 33rd Ave.

The project, Phase I of the redevelopment of the site, will include 45,000 square feet of retail space on Broadway, of which about two thirds will be a New Seasons grocery market. Above and behind … More


Mississippi plans Mardi Gras

The Historic Mississippi Business Association will be holding a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras celebration at 6:30 p.m.  February 12, with a parade from North Skidmore to Fremont streets. Come in costumes and masks.
Immaculate Heart offers gumbo dinner

Immaculate Heart Catholic Church will holds its annual gumbo and jambalaya feed, with a lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. … More


Irvington seeks Benson Bubbler for Broadway

The Irvington Community Association last month voted to allocate $9,000 to install a Benson Bubbler public drinking fountain on the northwest corner of Northeast Broadway at 15th Avenue. The request reflects a long-sought push by some ICA board members that the funds received from the neighborhood’s annual Historic Home Tour, so far used primarily to fund its own activities and a Charitable Giving … More

PUBLIC PROCESS (cont): Lee Perlman

Neighborhood Grants awarded

Three neighborhood offices in “Starland” have awarded Neighborhood Grants for one-time projects. The money, from the city General Fund through the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, is distributed to the city’s seven neighborhood offices and coalitions. They are disbursed to neighborhood associations and other community groups for projects that “increase their capacity,” encourage partnerships, and encourage participation by “under-represented communities.”

Central Northeast Neighbors gave a total … More


Popina Swimwear moves to Hollywood…

Popina Swimwear is currently renovating the former Cosmetology College at 2030 N.E. 42nd Ave. as their new headquarters. They will move from their current location at 4831 N.E. 42nd Ave. in late February, according to co-owner Will Levenson. The new digs will be “the largest women’s swimwear store on the West Coast,” he says. In addition to an extensive inventory of styles, and in-house alterations … More


Capstone seeks S.E. 26th Development

Capstone Partners is pursuing a proposed four-story residential building on East Burnside Street at 26th Avenue, according to Steve Russell of the Kerns Neighborhood Association. The property was last used as a branch of Wells Fargo Bank, and has been vacant for several years. Another developer pursued a similar proposal, but it fell through in the recession.


Sunshine Dairy seeks street vacation

The Sunshine Dairy at 801 N.E. 21st Ave. is seeking a pair of street vacations to facilitate its truck loading. As consultant Peter Fry told the Kerns Neighborhood Association last month, the company wants to totally vacate Northeast Pacific Street between 20th and 21st avenues, (the company owns buildings on either side of the street) and partially vacate 21st for one block to the north. … More

Landmarks Commission reaches Madeleine lights decision

Last month the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission formally voted on a position regarding exterior lighting on the west side of the Madeleine Parish school and church. They unanimously voted to allow the lights to remain on newer additions to the buildings, with the addition of metal hoods to reduce glare for nearby residences, but called for removal of lights on the historic, 1927 … More

Colwood moves toward rezoning

Representative Don Goldberg of the Trust for Public Land says that his non-profit has officially applied for rezoning, and a Comprehensive Plan amendment, to change 48 acres of Colwood Golf Course at 7313 N.E. Columbia Blvd. from Open Space to Industrial. When this is accomplished they would buy the property, sell the rezoned land north of Northeast Cornfoot Road (possibly to the Port of PortlandMore

Eliot projects proposed

Ivy Street Partners, the owners of the land upon which a new New Seasons Market is now under construction at North Williams Avenue and Fremont Street, is finalizing plans for a major project immediately to the south, bounded by North Williams and Vancouver avenues, Cook and a vacated Ivy streets. As architect Greg Mitchell told the Eliot Neighborhood Association in December, the company plans to build a … More

New design  for Broadway Furniture project

Langley Development had their second Design Advisory (a voluntary and informal discussion in advance of a formal application) with the Portland Design Commission last month over their plans for the Broadway Furniture block. Their first discussion occurred in August, and there were significant changes.
Langley still plans to build a six-story building on the block bounded by Northeast Broadway and Weidler Street, Second and … More

Letter to the editor: Old neighborhoods endangered


I’d like to thank Roy Roos for his letter to the editor (“Historic home slated for destruction,” Letter, January 2013). I agree with him whole heartedly, that our old neighborhoods are in danger of becoming anywhere USA. I have changed one bike route and another car route to avoid recently sprouted architectural eyesores in my neighborhood.

Suzanne Steffen

The Hollywood Star News welcomes letters to the editor. All we More

Micro-roasting: A journey with java

By Jamie Caulley

For the Hollywood Star News

This time of year, the longing for comfort, heat and something that will transcend me far away from the dreary Northwest rain becomes intense. Although a trip to the equatorial belt would be ideal, a less expensive way to experience something warm and soothing, something that awakens you from the melancholy and incessant grey mist and fulfills your taste for adventure, is … More

Fiber artists strut their quilting stuff

Fiber is quite the buzzword today. Artisans who weave, felt, crochet, knit, embroider and quilt are lumped together with the common denominator of fiber art, yet “quilting” confuses many. Some people picture aging bed covers lovingly made by the equally aged, but quilting has gone through light years of change in the past half century. Manufacturer upgrades of sewing machines produce programmable, computerized brands. Artists are drawing on the tradition … More

Letter to the editor: Possible partnering for historic preservation in Boise neighborhood


The loss of the historic Boise neighborhood home is very sad (“Historic home slated for destruction,” Letter, January 2013). Perhaps the Lake Oswego developer could be persuaded to work with the city to save the Rayworth House. The one thing we can never recover is our history. Historic preservation serves our people and our children. Instead of writing this off as a lost cause, perhaps the developer could … More

Letter to the editor: Parking rules ignore affect on established Northeast neighborhoods


Thanks for your recent detailed account of the way that the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission gave its collective finger to residents of Northeast Portland neighborhoods by refusing to consider changes to rules that permit the construction of apartment buildings with inadequate off-street parking (or more commonly none at all). I happen to live on a block where the predictable effect of such construction practices is obvious: on-street parking … More

A look back at Hollywood Hank

By Star Staff
For the Hollywood Star News

Hollywood Hank, the canine correspondent who contributed dozens of columns to the Star, died in December. What was Hollywood Hank like, and what was it like to be interviewed by him? Some of Hank’s interviewees (and Kathy Eaton, the reporter behind the Boxer) share their recollections:

Julie Rae, with No Bonz About It: “Hank was one of those special dogs … More