Closing Portland's affordable housing gap: a talk with Portland Community Land Trust
The real estate bubble may have burst but many Portlanders still find homeownership beyond their reach. Even with today's lower housing costs, affordable housing for a family earning the median family income ($66,900) would be priced at $200,000 - a price limited to very few homes currently available, and even fewer at that price with the space available for a family of four. For low income families earning less than 60 percent of the median family income, the opportunities are nearly non-existent. Is it important to make home ownership available? How do we close the affordable housing gap in Portland?
A proposed baseball stadium in Lents has been derailed. How did this happen and why is it good for L
It looks like the contentious baseball stadium in Lents Park is a not going to be built after all. But there’s still plenty to chew on in the aftermath of its demise. In this segment we talk about why building a stadium in Lents' only park was opposed by so many neighborhood people as well as social justice and environmental activists across the city, why the campaign to stop the stadium was a success and how do we prevent a bad proposal like this in the future. Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein is joined by Lents Stadium Issue Organizers - Kathleen Juergens de Ponce and - and Dianne Riley with the Coalition for a Livable Future.
KBOO COMMUNITY CALENDAR
TUESDAY June 16 2009
This is the community calendar for Tuesday June 16 2009
The National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU of Oregon and the the Oregon Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society are sponsoring an evening seminar entitled "Civil Liberties Under the Obama Administration: Are We Still at Risk?" at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. The event is free and will be held at the Portland State University Urban Center's Second Floor Gallery, 506 SW Mill. The seminar will cover continuing issues of race, preventive detention, the Obama administration's plans for Guantanamo detainees, and ethnic and religious profiling. 2:59 minutes (2.74 MB)
But what do the residents of Lents really think? The Lents deal has triggered deep-seated concerns about livability, affordable housing, economic development, historic preservation and how much voice citizens have with City Hall. Dave Mazza talks with Lents residents Kathleen Juergens de Ponce and Nick Christensen, organizers of Friends of Lents Park, about what their neighbors are concerned about and what they really think about Randy Leonard's desire to play ball in Lents. He also talks with Damien Chakwin, chair of the Lents Neighborhood Association and a supporter of the stadium proposal.
In today’s Portland City Council meeting, the council agreed to give twenty five thousand dollars to the Albina Ministerial Alliance to help support one hundred fifty survivors of Hurricane Katrina who relocated to Portland in 2005.
The Council also approved nearly two hundred thousand dollars in grant money from the Department of Homeland Security to provide thermal imaging cameras for the Portland Fire and Rescue Department.
One item on the consent agenda sparked some opposition from Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch.
The item involved providing three treatment beds for repeat offenders.
The 9th annual Village Building Convergence starts in Portland on June 5. Coming together under the them "Powered by the People," Portlanders will work on projects ranging from water catchment systems and intersection painting to native plant gardening and cob benches. But with record job and home loss rocking the metropolitan area, is the convergence still relevant? Even in good times, how much community voice does the convergence really create?
Portland’s Imago Theatre has a history of staging unusual and original work: stories of serial killer children, operas without words and spectacles of animals and clowns. Their new production, Simple People, opened last week and KBOO’s Frank Reynolds dropped in to see what audiences can expect from their latest.