Feedback Loop

We’re into Day 3 already of the four-day intensive Woodstock Charrette (a.k.a. Visioning Project)…. The National Charrette Institute team, assisted by volunteers from the neighborhood, have been hard at work listening, collecting ideas, compiling data, and beginning to render some visions and solutions on paper for our consideration.

All Saints Episcopal Church has been converted into a design studio which has been open these past couple days for people to drop in and observe the process or just take a look at all the evidence of the big visioning session that took place Thursday evening.

Based on my personal observation, some of the main conversational themes that have emerged so far in the charrette process are:

  • Community—creating public gathering spaces and developing in a way that welcomes diversity.
  • Walkability—encouraging a safe and friendly environment for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Autos—finding solutions for slowing, traffic, decreasing congestion and solving parking problems before they develop. One challenge is to remove parking lots the face the boulevard (which now create an unattractive “gap-toothed” pattern along Woodstock) while avoiding the kinds of parking nightmares experiences in the Hawthorne and Division commercial districts. Unimproved streets figure prominently in the traffic management conversation, especially those closest to Woodstock. Public transit is another important element.
  • Zoning and Buildings—locals are open to a future that includes larger mixed-use buildings along Woodstock (roughly SE Cesar Chavez to SE 57th), i.e., retail on ground floor with apartments or office spaces above, but prefer the height of those buildings to be capped at 3 floors (as opposed to 4).

Please join us for the Open House event, today (Saturday, Oct. 25) from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This is one of the main feedback loops of the charrette, our chance to let the designers know whether they’re taking us in the right direction…. Hope to see you there!

Please also turn out and tell your neighbors about the Public Results Meeting scheduled for 6:30 to 9:00 pm on Monday, Oct. 27. This is where we get to see the final results of the community design process.

Learn How to do Preparedness Outreach

Contributed by Liz Bryant

On March 21, published this article about our spring series of Disaster Preparedness workshops planned for SE Portland.

Now I want to highlight the second workshop in the series, Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared, coming up this Tuesday, May 13 and next Tuesday, May 20. This will be presented by Alice Busch and myself and will be an interactive discussion about how to confront one’s own fears about bringing up disaster with the unaware, and dealing with their objections (it won’t happen here/in my lifetime/to me, won’t be that bad, the gov’t will save us, etc.).

It will also cover the practicalities of sharing preparedness info and how to do Map Your Neighborhood (MYN). If you’re not familiar with the MYN program, it’s about organizing with neighbors to help each other effectively after a disaster — since, as I’m sure you know, our neighbors will be our best source of help in a major disaster. (From the NPR story, The Key to Disaster Survival? Friends and Neighbors: “while official help is useful…it is the personal ties among members of a community that determine survival during a disaster, and recovery in its aftermath.”)

The workshop is free and no preregistration is required. There will also be door prize drawings. Here are the details:

Workshop #2, “Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared”
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30-9 pm, SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave.
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-9 pm, Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele St.

The last workshop in the series may also be of interest. It includes information useful to renters — fire safety and nonstructural measures to protect against earthquakes — as well as seismic upgrades for homeowners.

Workshop #3, “Secure Your Home Against Disaster”
Saturday, May 31, Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 SE Steele St.

Liz Bryant
Woodstock Hub NET Team

Visioning our Main Street Together: Oct. 23, 24, 25 & 27


Thursday, October 23rd is the date of the first big public session of the “Woodstock Design Project,” a.k.a. Woodstock Charrette, starting at 6:30pm and going til about 9:00.

An Open House on Saturday, October 25th from 4:00 to 6:00pm, will give people a chance to check on the progress of the National Charrette Institute’s 5-person design team in translating neighborhood ideas into visuals, and give further input and feedback. The public may drop by the studio anytime from 10:00am to 4:00pm on October 24th, 25th and 27th.

We encourage everyone to turn out for the big public meeting at the conclusion of the four-day intensive, scheduled for 6:30 to 9:00pm on Monday, October 27th, where the NCI team will present the “products” (i.e., drawings, maps, reports) generated through the community vision/design process. 

Location of all charrette events is All Saints Episcopal Church, located on the north side of Woodstock Blvd. between SE 40th and SE 41st Aves.


Come together with other Woodstockians — i.e., people who live and/or work in or near Woodstock, or own property here, and have an interest in our business district — to think about, discuss, consider and express your own unique vision for Woodstock’s main street, and its place within the Woodstock neighborhood and greater Portland. We keep hearing the drumbeat: “Density, Density, Density” and city planners talk about zoning for higher density along transit corridors. Is Woodstock such a corridor? If so, how can we, as a community, plan for that growth and help shape it?

It’s really important to get as many local residents involved in the charrette conversations as possible. Please join us! And please help us spread the word about the Woodstock Charrette by telling your neighbors…

Click on the flyer below to see the schedule of all the public events and drop-in hours. Click here to download a PDF version of the flyer.

Crime Stoppers offers reward in Woodstock Neighborhood homicide

The Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public’s help to solve a homicide that occurred in the Woodstock Neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

On Tuesday September 30, 2014, at 11:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 6100 block of Southeast 52nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 30-year-old Michael William Olson, deceased after suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. Olson resided in the Woodstock Neighborhood.

Homicide investigators believe Olson was killed in the course of a robbery.

An eyewitness described the suspect as possibly being a light-skinned African American or Hispanic male.

Homicide investigators are continuing to follow leads this morning and believe there may be several people with information about the shooting. This is the 19th homicide in Portland in 2014.

Witnesses may contact the investigators directly or, to remain anonymous, they may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Det. Rico Beniga
(503) 823-0457

Det. Mark Slater
(503) 823-9319


Two Great Woodstock Farmer’s Market Events!

Woodstock Farmers Market’s Halloween Carnival
October 26
10:00am – 2:00pm
4600 SE Woodstock Blvd (KeyBank parking lot)
Cost: Free
Ages: All

Join the popular Woodstock Farmers Market for our third annual Halloween Carnival. Bring the whole family for live music from Tallulah’s Daddy, face painting, trick-or-treating with vendors and neighborhood businesses, crafts, a toddler playground, and more! There will also be fresh produce, meat, cheese, hot food, and more from the 35+ vendors.

Woodstock Farmers Market’s Pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market
November 23
10:00am – 2:00pm
4600 SE Woodstock Blvd (KeyBank parking lot)
Cost: Free
Ages: All

Join the popular Woodstock Farmers Market for our third annual Pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market. Shop for ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast and stock up for the winter. There will also be live music and activities for kids. Find out what vendors will be there on our website,

Neighborhood Nap Day

Saturday Sept. 6th, 2–6 pm
SE Reedway–Ramona Alley, between 57th and 60th
How often do you get time to think and daydream? Yet, arguably, idleness — and the time it affords one to reset and think — is critical for a democratic society. In this effort to “distribute leisure” to our neighbors, you are invited to participate in Community Nap Day. The alleys of SE Portland — these little slices of lazy wilderness that cut through our hood —  offer a unique backdrop for our reveries.
Hammocks, forts and other sleeping spots will be provided for napping but bringing/making your own is also encouraged.
Sleeping starts at 2pm and will be done in shifts until 6pm. In between naps, talk with neighbors about your thoughts on our neighborhood; provocative ideas; their gardens; or the weather.

Represent Historic Landmark Preservation – July 31, 2014 at 2pm!

The Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (PHLC) will be presenting their State of the City Preservation Report 2014 to City Council July 31st. A key priority for the PHLC and focus of the presentation will be protection and prevention of loss in our residential neighborhoods. Several organizations and individuals will be testifying regarding the demolition epidemic and related historic preservation issues. The public is encouraged to attend and show their support and numbers. Please help us make an impact!
Thursday, July 31, 2014
City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Council Chambers
State of the City Preservation Report at 2:00 pm
State of the City Design Report at 2:45 pm


Note: The Commission is hoping that a lot of people will attend this, even if they are not designated speakers, so that the City Council can see a big crowd of concerned citizens filling the room.  The Landmarks Commission might ask for the people who are there specifically because they are concerned about demolitions to stand up, or something along those lines, to reinforce the message to City Council.

SE Portland Showdown: Neighborhood Kickball Tourney!

Hats off to Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association for taking the lead on organizing this all-ages, all-for-fun kickball tournament for six Southeast neighborhoods with the help of a SE Uplift Creative Engagement Grant.

Woodstock kicks it off July 19th in Game #1 against Creston-Kenilworth.

This family-friendly tournament promises to be loads of fun. A $5 suggested donation per family or 18+ individual will go into a pot to be split 60/40 between competing teams’ neighborhood associations.

If you want to sign up to play on the Woodstock Neighborhood kickball team, please send us a message at, or sign up via the Game #1 event page on Facebook.


  • Game #1 – Woodstock v. Creston-Kenilworth
    Saturday, July 19th: Woodstock Park, 2-4pm
  • Game #2 – FoPo v. Lents
    Sunday, July 20th: Kern Park, 2-4pm
  • Game #3 – Winner (Woodstock/C-K) v. Brentwood-Darlington
    Saturday, July 26th: Brentwood Park, 2-4pm
  • Game #4 – Winner (FoPo/Lents) v. Mt. Scott-Arleta
    Saturday, July 26th: Lents Park, 2-4pm
  • Game #5 – Championship Playoff between Winners of Games 3 & 4
    Saturday, August 2nd: Mt. Scott Park, 2-4pm

The tournament concludes with an ice cream social (supplied by Salt & Straw!) at the Championship Game on August 2nd at Mt. Scott Park.

WANTED: Woodstock Kickball Team Captain!

“Don’t ask what your neighborhood can do for you, but what you can do for your neighborhood…”

The CAPTAIN role entails keeping track of sign-ups and helping coordinate players on the day of (July 19 plus possible playoffs on July 26 and Aug 2)), as well as any creative touches he or she might bring to the game.

Should we give our team a name? What about uniforms or team colors? Cheerleaders? Mascots? If you’re interested in volunteering to head up the Woodstock Kickball Team, or just want to help out, kick us an email at

What’s going on? C’mon out on July 2nd and find out.

7:00 pm at the Woodstock Community Center
(Doors open at 6:30 for pre-meeting socializing) 

WNA’s general meeting, held once monthly on the first Wednesday of each month, is a great place to meet people, find out what’s going on in Woodstock, and how you can help make your neighborhood one of the best places in the world to live!

The July meeting agenda includes a brief update from Rich Newlands on the status of the 20s Bikeway Project, which will be routed along Crystal Springs Boulevard, the southernmost border of Woodstock.

There will be another brief overview about the “Woodstock Charrette,” an intensive, four-day community design process focused on our commercial strip, which is set for Oct. 16, 17, 18 & 20. WNA will be planning some activities in the near future to raise the funds for our contribution to the charrette.

We will also hear from a neighbor who has been experiencing problems at Woodstock Park related to dog owners letting dogs wander outside the defined off-leash area. Come on out and take part in the conversation!

For more information, send an email WNA Chair Becky Luening at

P.S. We’re looking for a captain to head up our kickball team, as Woodstock is set to play Creston-Kenilworth on July 19th in the GAME #1 of the neighborhood kickball tournament organized by Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association. (Read more about the tournament in a separate blog post.)

Woodstock Land Use Update

A message from Land Use Chair, Terry Griffiths:

Next WNA Land Use Committee meeting
Wednesday at 7:00 PM
Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Ave at Knight

• The hearing on the zone change/lot partition for 3936 SE Reedway is scheduled for 9:00 AM on May 28th, at 1900 SW Fourth, Suite 3000. Rachel Whiteside has now written her staff report. She is recommending approval. (So much for our arguments in opposition.) Rachel’s report can be found by going to It is some 25 pages long(!). We are going to need to strategize about how we want to handle this. Some people from the Eastmoreland board have indicated a willingness to help.

• There is a very interesting land use case at 3925 SE Lexington. We have until May 23rd to comment.

• On April 25, Mary Kay Tetrault, Becky Luening, Patti Lewis, Doug Strickler, and I took a  walk through the neighborhood with Marty Stockton (SE District Liaison with Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability), first looking at the area surrounding 3936 SE Reedway and then continuing through the unimproved streets up to SE 49 and Martins. (Patti wanted Marty to visualize the half block behind The Joinery that will be proposed to be designated commercial in the Comp Plan Map coming out in mid-July.) The walk-thorough convinced Marty that the one block stretch along SE Chavez from Reedway north to a half block north of Harold should be down-zoned from designated R2.5 to R5. That will be proposed with the map that comes out in mid-July. Also, as a result of the walk-through, Marty has a rather radical new concept for commercial zoning along SE Woodstock from SE 50th through the intersection at SE 52nd. We all should be paying serious attention to what is being considered there.

• In addition to the above, there continue to be be plans being made for a Charette — an inclusive, intensive community design process focusing on Woodstock’s commercial village — tentatively scheduled for October. Stay tuned for details.

In short, there will be more than enough to discuss on Wednesday. We hope many of you can make it.