A unique consortium of business organizations and neighborhood associations, The Broadway-Weidler Alliance, recently formed to create an innovative planning group for inner Northeast Portland.
The alliance’s collaborative structure, will allow two key groups – business organizations and neighborhood associations – to discuss, debate and support decisions that serve as one collective voice about economic vitality, land use, infrastructure, and transportation in the Broadway-Weidler commercial corridor between the Willamette River and the Hollywood District Transit Center.
The alliance’s stated goal is to promote the corridor, while encouraging new activity to spur creative and varied business expansion and support Northeast Broadway as it increasingly becomes a citywide destination for shopping and dining.
Group members include: Eliot Neighborhood Association, Go Lloyd, Grant Park Neighborhood Association, Hollywood Boosters, Irvington Community Association, Lloyd Center, Lloyd District Community Association, Lloyd EcoDistrict, Northeast Broadway Business Association and Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association.
At its meeting on May 18, the alliance formally approved by-laws to govern the group and elected officers. Carol Gossett, current Land Use Chair of Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association, will serve as chair. Architect Nate Carter, a member of the Broadway Business Association and a co-founder of Eleven Engineering and Design, will be vice chair. Steven Cole, longtime community leader and current President of the Irvington Community Association, was elected Secretary. Formation of topic-specific committees is underway.
As its first formal action, the alliance submitted a detailed letter to the Portland Bureau of Transportation that analyzes and comments on the Transportation Systems Plan component of the Portland Comprehensive Plan.
“We expect that this will be only the first of many future planning and development initiatives sponsored by our group,” said Gossett. “Our hope is to enhance the vibrancy of Broadway-Weidler and the quality of life for Portland residents and visitors.”