Another tragic hit and run Thursday; a bold and controversial call from the NA to the sweep of homeless camps; and a somewhat heated meeting about a proposed affordable housing development in the Montavilla town center (518 SE 76th Avenue)…

Transportation safety, homelessness, and development— some of East Portland’s most pressing issues were brought to light during one of the first sunny weeks of the season. There are too many bad examples of how to deal with conflict, but I believe we can do better.


Montavilla Station never disappoints. Their chalk board promo tech seems to fit the decor. Based on her Myspace page, Francine West sounds more than kinda country.

FullSizeRender (13).jpg


Tucked inside the interchange between I-205 and I-84, Gateway Green is much welcomed  for adding cycling infrastructure to Portland and green space to East Portland. The first portion of the bike park opens Saturday:

“We are so excited to finally be opening the first portion of the park, the newly completed mountain biking trails, aka the Dirt Lab. This is the first phase in making Gateway Green a one-of-a-kind recreation area in East Portland to serve our entire region. Come ride your bike, make new friends, learn something new, eat some delicious food, and win cool prizes! Not into biking? No problem! There will be plenty of non-biking activities throughout the day to take part in as well.  Check out the directions, the day’s activities and need-to-know information below.”

I-205 multi-use path, north of the Gateway Transit Center * 11 am – 4 pm 


“Join us in celebrating the food and ethnic culture in Historic Parkrose at our 4th Annual Taste of Parkrose Eggfest sponsored by Parkrose Hardware,Portland Development Commission and Gateway Brewing! …

Big Green Egg food samples, Beer Tent, Music Stage, Kids Play Area, Local vendors, Cooking Competition, and more!”

5K/10K fun run (register here). Facebook invitation here.

Rossi Farms, 3839 NE 122nd Ave * 10 am – 4 pm



It’s going to be hot Sunday, the forecast say temperatures will reach 99 in Portland. Thankfully, Portland’s pools opened this week.

The Montavilla Outdoor Pool has free hours from 1 pm – 2:30 pm on Tuesdays, and On Saturday and Sunday the pool is open from 1 pm to 5 pm for open play swim.

8219 Glisan St * adults, one swim $4.25; youth, $3.25; 2 and under free with parent 


Both Lents and Montavilla’s farmers markets are on today. Let me know if the strawberries have arrived.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

Lents Farmers Market, SE 92nd and Reedway between Foster and Harold * 9 am – 2 pm