Lets recapture the heart of our neighborhood. Together we can create a strong, livable and healthy neighborhood.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Heritage Trees need Human Friends

The Heritage Tree ordinance became part of the Portland City code on May 19, 1993, and the first Heritage Trees were designated in 1994.

PP&R Maps of Heritage Trees In CENTER Neighborhood.
214 American sweetgum
Liquidambar styraciflua 5104 NE Flanders

153,154 American hop-hornbeam
Ostrya virginiana 221 NE 45
for more info

Rosemont Bluff Natural Area

Rosemont Bluff Natural Area
NE 68th Ave & Hassalo St

Invasive Plant Removal
Saturday, May 24 9 AM-Noon
Meet at Lower Area of Bluff along NE 68th Place (NE 67th & Hassalo)

General Info
Acreage: 2.31
Acquired in 1995


Includes natural area, and WiFi.

Natural Area

Monday, May 5, 2008

14 MAY - How can CENTER become a better place?

Comunity Walk - May 14—60th Avenue MAX Station

A walking tour is scheduled to provide the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues that are specific to each station area.

Can't come to the Community Walks? Take the survey at

The purpose of the Eastside MAX Station Communities Project is to take a comprehensive look at station community areas within one-half mile of MAX light rail stations in Northeast and Southeast Portland. The basic question is: How can these communities become better places? The project will evaluate and recommend changes to land use/zoning, building and station design, transit and transportation facilities surrounding six stations: 60th Avenue, 82nd Avenue, Parkrose/Sumner, 122nd Avenue, 148th Avenue, and 162nd Avenue (see map). The objective is to help the Station Communities better serve transit users, support transit-oriented development and create more attractive communities.

Project Goals

* Enhance transit ridership by encouraging mixed-use, transit-oriented development in the Station Communities.
* Create attractive places that serve as community gathering points.
* Improve connections and access to the stations.
* Improve safety and security at the stations and the surrounding areas by increasing the community activity in the surrounding areas ("eyes on the street").
* Help meet Portland's sustainability goals by encouraging more transit ridership.

Project Phases

Phase 1

Spring 2008

Needs & Opportunities

Look at existing conditions in each station community to identify needs and opportunities for future improvements and development.

Phase 2

Fall 2008


Create and evaluate land use and transportation alternatives that will improve the quality and attractiveness of each station community.

Phase 3

Winter 2009


Refine the recommended land use and transportation alternative and develop an implementation strategy that identifies specific actions.

Project Components

Community Participation: Create a collaborative planning process that includes station community residents, businesses, government agencies and other stakeholders through working group meetings and a series of public workshops.

Land Use: Evaluate land use designations (comprehensive plan and zoning) in the Station Communities in order to foster a development pattern that creates mixed-use, transit-oriented development that will increase transit ridership and create attractive station communities.

Transportation: Improve access to the stations and enhance connections to important destinations within the surrounding areas. Explore opportunities to improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the surrounding neighborhoods to encourage alternatives and reduce reliance on the automobile.

Community Design: Explore design issues for the stations, and surrounding neighborhoods and streets to improve the attractiveness of the station community for transit-oriented development. Improve the design quality and urban form of Station Community development and improve public safety and security.

Focus Site Analysis: Explore the design and economic feasibility of development on key sites in each Station Community that could be a catalyst for attracting new development to these Station Communities. This analysis will identify economic, design or other challenges to development.

Implementation: Create an implementation strategy that:


Establishes the land-use and design framework

Removes barriers to compatible development

Identifies public improvements (e.g., sidewalks); and

Identifies new incentives to attract development that enhances the station communities.

60th Avenue

82nd Avenue


122nd Avenue

148th Avenue

162nd Avenue

Contact Information

Tom Armstrong

Project Manager

Bureau of Planning

503 823-3527


Debbie Bischoff

Northeast District Liaison

Bureau of Planning



Barry Manning

East District Liaison

Bureau of Planning



Stuart Gwin

Portland Office of Transportation



Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hungry? You'll find it in CENTER.

Center is the Heart of Portland. Within the main transportation corridor of Portland it is an integral network of the livability of the city of Roses. Thousands of babies are born and kids are treated each year at Providence Medical Center. We make up a diverse group of residents, most of whom are artists and musicians and contribute to the creative class and hip underground culture of Stumptown. A short bike ride or MAX ride from anywhere in the city. CENTER truly is the Heart of Portland.

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Macs Deli
5663 Ne Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 233-8911

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A & L Sports Pub
5933 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213-3753
Phone: (503) 234-7607

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Los Taquitos Taqueria
5832 Ne Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 808-9169

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Seven Virtures
5936 Ne Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 236-7763

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Hours & Location
Biddy McGraw's
We are located right on the corner of NE 60th and Glisan in Portland.
For more info, give us a call at 503.233.1178.

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Sweet Cream Cafe
6014 Ne Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 235-0966

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Ufo Pizza
6024 Ne Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 234-0980

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Copper Rooster Bar & Grill
5827 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97215.
(503) 234-4190.

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The Beat Cafe
5420 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 232-5178

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Bangkok Restaurant
5325 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 232-4454

Cali Sandwiches
6620 Ne Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 254-9842

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4611 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 235-4321

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American Dream Pizza
4620 N.E. Glisan Ave.
Portland, Or. 97213

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The Hutch
4606 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
Phone: (503) 235-4729

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4500 NE Glisan
Portland OR 97213

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J & T Market & Deli
4438 Ne Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 236-9347

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Rice & Spice Teriyaki
4438 Ne Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 239-5787

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Sivalayan Thai Restaurant
4806 Se Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 230-2875

Touchstone Coffee House
445 NE 70th Ave,
Portland, OR 97213

Cali Sandwiches
6620 NE Glisan St.,

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Fred Meyer
6615 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 797-6955

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Bui Natural Tofu
520 NE 76th Ave
Portland, OR 97213
Phone: (503) 254-6132

Thursday, April 24, 2008

CENTER Neighborhood, Portland, Oregon

General Meetings:
The Center Neighborhood Association meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 PM,
SE Precinct, Community Room, 4735 E Burnside Street.


Board Members: 2007-2008
Chair: Marsha Hahn
Vice Chair: Robert Jordan
Secretary: DyLynn Robertson
Treasurer: John Rusoff
Neighborhood Land Use: Sean Besso
SEUL Board: Shirley E. Nacoste

New Board Elections at our General Meeting May 20
Thank You! current board members for all your hard work and dedication.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

CENTER Neighborhood AUDIT

Clearly We Have Some Work To Do

CENTER Neighborhood Churches

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Grace Covenant Church -
5450 NE Flanders

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Unity Church of Portland
4525 Se Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 234-7441

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Phone: (503) 231-6332

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First Covenant Church
107 NE 45th Ave
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 238-5950

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Lighthouse Mission Church
337 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 235-4371

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4837 NE Couch Street
Portland, OR 97213

Monday, April 21, 2008


Building Our Future - We All Must Participate- 20 MAY

CENTER neighborhoods semi-annual Community Meeting

Tuesday 20 May, 2008 7pm - 4735 East Burnside
Board Member Elections

Board positions

• Chair - acts as liason to City and other neighborhood organizations
and facilitates most monthly meetings.

• Vice Chair - support the efforts of Chair by standing in when
necessary and sharing in the community contacts.

• Treasurer - counts the money.

• Secretary - takes minutes at monthly meetings and currently keeps on-line lists up-to-date.

• SEUL Delegate - meets and works with the Board of Southeast Uplift on various projects & reports/guides CNA accordingly.

• Land Use & Transportation Rep - works with SEUL and City to help
residents understand developments in the 'hood.

• At-Large Members: lead & participate in committee groups, help with refreshments at meetings and events, etc.

Committees (you do not have to be a board member to be on a committee)

• Land Use Committee - guided by LU&T Rep to work with neighbors.
• Providence Good Neighbor Committee - keeps up with the Providence
"Good Neighbor Agreement" contract.
• Outreach Committee - desires to help more diverse/underrepresented neighbors become involved with CNA & community
• Communications Committee - keeps up the newsletter, on-line group and
• Neighborhood newspaper connections
• Friends of Rosemont Bluff Natural Area
• Annual Neighborhood Clean-Up Committee
• Summer Events Committee

for more information see our neighborhood group posting:

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Won't You Tell Me How to Get to CENTER? Ride The Train on the G Line

The CENTER neighborhood is located in the central part of Portland's inner eastside. Center is bounded on the west by 44th Avenue and on the east by 68th and 69th Avenues. The southern edge of CENTER is Burnside Street, Except in the area between 44th and 49th Avenues where the neighborhood extends south to Stark Street. The Banfield Expressway (I-84) creates the northern boundary of the neighborhood.

Development in CENTER had its beginnings in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The area was originally considered part of north Mount Tabor, and was predominatley farmland. Development was facilitated by the construction of the Mount Tabor Villa, now Montavilla streetcar line. This line, which ran along Glisan from about NE 28th to east of NE 82nd, was originally developed in 1892. Early development in the area centered along the streetcar line.

The Glisan Street Line ("G" Line) began in 1883 as the first Transcontinental St. Ry. horsecar line. City & Suburban ry. electrified the G Line in 1892. By 1900 it had been combined with the Montgomery St. Line to form the M-G Line. PRL&P merged part of this route with the S (Savier) Line, (which itself would soon become the North and South Portland Line) and the remaining portion had been tacked onto the Mount Tabor Line by 1908. Thus this former horsecar line didn't survive long into the PRL&P era.

The Montavilla Line's downtown loop utilized a portion of two Transcontinental St. Ry. horsecar lines (1883). The route across the Morrison Bridge was also originally a horsecar run, Willamette Bridge Ry.'s pioneering East SideLine. The portion of MV to 28th opened in 1892 as City & Suburban's East Ankeny trolley. The remaining portion of the line, to North Mount Tabor, was built for the Portland & Fairview Ry. During the 1890's cars alternated between East Ankeny and Montavilla destinations. By 1899, when C&S acquired ownership of the both lines, the community of Mount Tabor Villa, and the line it served, had adopted the name "Mountavilla," a contraction that had first appeared on roll signs. An addition was added in 1911 to the Mt. Hood Ry. station at 91st off Glisan. In 1913 East Ankeny was discontinued as a separate line. MV was converted to gas bus in 1948.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Rose City/Center Max - Sullivans Gulch 14 May

In CENTER we have the best options for public transportation.
But did you know soon we will have a new mixed use trail to downtown?

This gives residents a chance to improve our access to the MAX and proposed trail. The city of Portland planning and transportation would like your input on how to improve our hood within 1/2 mile of the station. I hope all of you can make it down to the MAX station on Wednesday the 14th of May to give your opinion on how to improve pedestrian access. Why not take a moment now to make a short list of what improvements you would like to see and forward them on to tom.armstrong@ci.portland.or.us or send them to us and we'll do our best to get your voice heard.

Think about the possiblities, bike boxes, bike parking, bioswales, curb extensions, tree plantings, waste recepticles, lighting, neighborhood plaque, parking, sidewalks, crosswalks, sound barrier wall for the station platform, benches, park space. The possibilities are endless and the more neighborhood involvement the better. While we are at it, let's change our station name to reflect our Hoods Rose City Park and CENTER conjoined the ROSE CITY/ CENTER MAX STATION

The Northeast 60th Avenue station is a light rail station on the Blue Line and Red Line of the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) in Portland, Oregon. It is the 13th stop eastbound on the Eastside MAX, and is located on the boundary between the Center and Rose City Park neighborhoods.
The station is at the intersection of NE 60th Ave. and Interstate 84, located above a Union Pacific line, but below street level. This station is connected to NE 60th Ave. by a series of stairs and elevators. The single island platform is separated from the westbound lanes of the freeway by only a low wall and the eastbound MAX tracks, causing the platform level of this station to be noisy most hours of the day.

Bus line connections

This station is served by the bus line: 71


Center Is The Heart Of Portland

Center 'Hood Clean-Up Saturday 17 May

Recycle, Clean Up and show our Neighborhood Pride!

Saturday May 17, 2008
9am - 3pm
6615 NE Glisan

Behind the Fred Meyer

Thanks to Sean@oregonrealty.com for all his hardwork!


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Lets recapture the heart of our neighborhood. Together we can create a strong, livable and healthy neighborhood.