East Portland changes happening slowly

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Upgrades to East Portland are beginning to happen, after the area has been largely ignored since being annexed in the late-1980s and early-1990s, activists say.

After years of complaints by East Portland community leaders, the Portland City Council in September rezoned stretches of multifamily-zoned land on Southeast 122nd between Foster Road and Powell Boulevard to permit more local shops, and perhaps lure some jobs to the neighborhood. The Portland Bureau of Transportation also plans to add a mile of sidewalks and safer road crossings along 122nd.

“We have more unpaved roadways than any neighborhood in the city. We have seven of the 16 most dangerous intersections in the city,” says neighborhood association President Mark White.

Read more at The Portland Tribune.

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