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Historic District Update
At its February 14, 2017 Board meeting, the LNA Board adopted a resolution, SUBJECT TO TWO IMPORTANT CAVEATS, to pursue nominating Laurelhurst for the National Register Historic District Listing.
The Board’s resolution states:
"The LNA Board, by a majority vote, believes that a National Register Historic District listing is in the best interest of the neighborhood;
The LNA Board unanimously believes a National Register Historic District listing should not be filed unless a majority of the neighborhood supports it;”
The resolution further states that unless the Board “feels confident that a majority of the neighborhood supports historic district status,” the Board (1) will NOT file the nomination and (2) will NOT expend any LNA funds to further the nomination process.
Residential Infill Proposal
There are some proposed changes to land-use that LNA supports, however LNA is very concerned with any change of use that would result in encouraging demolition and in changes that are broadly applied across the city with disregard to the varying and unique character of each neighborhood.
Neighborhood Associations Under Attack
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Every resident, tenant or homeowner, in the Laurelhurst neighborhood, and every business or non-profit located in the neighborhood, is a member of the LNA. LNA General Meetings and Board Meetings are open to the public and ADA accessible.
LNA board elections are held at the May General Meeting. Information about elections and candidates will be published in the March and May newsletters issues. Every LNA member is asked to attend and vote.
If you are a member of the LNA and want to bring a topic up at a General Meeting, simply attend and speak up. You can also ask the LNA President to place the topic on the agenda for a General Meeting, or to reserve time for you to discuss it with the board at a Board Meeting.
Meeting dates and locations are at Events. During Covid, meetings are via Zoom with phone dial-in available.
For official minutes of Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association meetings, see Meeting Notes.
September 8 General Member Meeting
On September 8, the LNA will hold a General Member meeting by Zoom and phone. See the Events page for details.
One item on the agenda will be the final draft statements prepared by the Ad Hoc Committee on Racial Justice. The statement on police reform is here. The statement on the history of racial covenants is here.
Update: The two statements were discussed, revised, and approved. The final statement on historical racial covenants is on the History page. The final statement on police reform is being prepared.
July 14 LNA Special Meeting Notes and Recording
The topic of the meeting was the two draft statements prepared by the Ad Hoc Committee on Racial Justice. The final draft statements will be published in the September newsletter and will be discussed at the September 8 General and Board Meeting.
Laurelhurst Historical Online Archive
Thanks to neighbor Steve Rochelle, you can take a quick trip back in time with the August 12, 1932 "Laurelhurst Nabor News".
Help us start an online archive of historical Laurelhurst documents, photographs, newsletters, records, and memorabilia. If you have something that your neighbors would enjoy seeing, let us know. We'll scan or photograph it and post on this website.
Over 150 Neighbors Volunteer to Help with Laurelhurst Neighbor 2 Neighbor
Shortly after Oregon's shelter-in-place started, several Laurelhurst neighbors, including health care professionals and members of the LNA board and the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Emergency Team, met at Migration Brewing to explore how the neighborhood could organize for mutual support. Laurelhurst Neighbor 2 Neighbor (LN2N) was organized and by now over 150 neighbors have volunteered to help their neighbors by dropping off groceries, picking up prescriptions, and other tasks. LN2N has four quad coordinators, a webform to gather information, and volunteers assigned to those neighbors who need help now. Learn more at the Covid page.
Mann Old Peoples House Making Progress Toward Rebirth As Affordable Family Housing
The stately, historic Anna Mann Old People's House by the northwest corner of Laurelhurst, at NE 32nd and NE Sandy, is making progress on its journey of restoration and adaptive re-use as affordable family housing. Read more in the May issue of the LNA Newsletter and at Historic Laurelhurst. The project will be undertaken by Innovative Housing, Oregon's leading non-profit focused on restoring historic buildings for attractive, livable affordable housing. The LNA Board has been in contact with Innovative Housing about this project for almost two years. In 2019 LNA supported the project's successful bid for Portland Affordable Housing Bond funding and this year LNA has supported the project in its pending design review. To learn more, you can see the design review package submitted to the Historic Landmark Commission.
OCCL Seeking To Dismantle
Neighborhood Association System
In July, the Oregonian reported that the city bureau in charge of neighborhood associations, the Office of Civic and Community Life (OCCL), was trying to eliminate neighborhood associations such as the LNA.
In August, the Oregonian obtained internal emails and texts from Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, her staff, and the OCCL director and staff. These showed that Commissioner Eudaly's staff failed to consult neighborhood associations; that her policy director called them "high income" "white" "middle aged" people who needed to be put "in their place"; and the article stated that that the "backroom" plan has "backfired spectacularly".
The LNA has formally opposed the proposed code changes. If you'd like to email the mayor and city commissioners to express your views:
Mayor Ted Wheeler firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly email@example.com
Commissioner Amanda Fritz firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty JoAnn@portlandoregon.gov