Annual Community Meeting at Providence Portland Medical Center, 2014

The most recent Good Neighbor Agreement between Providence Portland Medical Center (PPMC), North Tabor Neighborhood Association (NTNA), and Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association (LNA) states as follows:

Annual Community Meeting: 
i.  PPMC will host an Annual Community Meeting;
ii. The purpose of the meeting is for the Standing Committee to share with other community members their progress on matters identified in this Agreement. 
iii. NTNA and LNA shall provide an announcement of the date, time, location and agenda of the Annual Community Meeting in their respective newsletters in order to provide timely notice of the meeting of the neighbors. 

A half dozen Laurelhurst neighbors and representatives, a few North Tabor neighbors and representatives, and as many Rose City Park neighbors attended the annual community meeting hosted at Providence Portland Medical Center on October 28, 2014, from 7pm to 8pm. There were an equal number of Providence staff in attendance. These numbers are estimates, and it is safe to say there were 25 or fewer people in the room. Why there were so few is a mystery. Was it because of poor promotion of the event? Was it because the World Series was on television? Was it because people simply have better things to do?

What was impressive were the two families who attended who’ve been in the neighborhood since 1941 and 1945. Very impressive. I’m sure their perspective on the neighborhood is quite unique.

The agenda included an update on the Neighborhood News section of the Providence website. Long have neighbors been asking for a way to be informed and updated on issues effecting the neighborhood. Jean Marks, public relations, invited anyone who has ideas or suggestions about how the Neighborhood News can be improved to send them to her via email, but she also qualified that statement and said the upkeep of the website happens on a region-wide basis for the entire Providence system and there is little local control of the content or the speed of implementing changes. You can email her at jean(dot)marks(at)providence(dot)org.

The long-anticipated Guest House is currently under construction at the old Moore Lithograph property. Slides were presented depicting the demolition, excavation, and building of the foundation, consistent with what Laurelhurst and North Tabor neighbors have witnessed daily as the project has progressed. At six months into the construction, it would be interesting to get neighborhood feedback on these comments regarding the potential impact of the construction on the neighbors. How do the folks in the nearby apartments feel, or the folks directly across the street?

Jean Marks, Manager for Public Relations, said,  “There will be minimal construction disruptions to neighbors as it will all be on Providence property. We will notify neighbors of anything that affects them, as we do now with construction projects.”

Jim Parker, Laurelhurst resident and representative to the Transportation Working Group (TWG, nickname Twig), a subcommittee of the Standing Committee of the Good Neighbor Agreement committee, presented briefly on the progress of the TWG committee. The focus is on reducing number of automobile trips to the Providence campus, improving crossings on Glisan, and managing the connectivity issues in the Laurelhurst and North Tabor neighborhoods. Terry Dublinski-Milton, North Tabor Land Use Chair and representative to the Standing Committee, chimed in with his support for the positive efforts the city is making with regard to zoning and connectivity. Providence representatives to the Good Neighbor Standing Committee had no comments.

Finally, a quick presentation by the PPMC Volunteer Coordinator promised to be (quote) “way more important than where you cross the street.” Anyone interested is encouraged to sign up online as the most efficient way to expedite the process.

Note: This blog is being dusted off and put back in business. The more people comment or ask questions, the more active it will be. None of the views here are representative of any of the official representatives of the neighborhoods that surround Providence, of which there are four: Laurelhurst, North Tabor, Rose City Park, and Hollywood. 

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8 Responses to Annual Community Meeting at Providence Portland Medical Center, 2014

  1. Avis J. McHugh says:

    The lighted crosswalk on South side of NE 53rd and Glisan still does not feel safe to me. As I cross, cars wanting to turn left (without waiting for turn signal) at times pull into the crosswalk. I was struck gently, by a car, who had looked West and then turned toward me (but must have only been looking East and wanting to make her turn) I thought she saw me as her head was turned in my direction, her light was red, mine was walk, but she pulled into me, I yelled and pounded on her hood and she stopped. She did not ask if I was ok, but proceeded to make her left turn after I crossed. The drivers are in such a rush. There are so many hazards for cars, pedestrians, and bicycles; everyone must be cautious.

    Another comment: the light for crossing Glisan Street at NE 53rd does not work for pedestrian crossing unless it is pushed early enough. I wish the pedestrian light was automatic most other crossing lights are. Glisan Street is like another I-84 from 47th to beyond 60th.

    • kimcottrell says:

      Thank you for your comment. At the meeting, I asked about a crossing at Emilie House and Terry Dublinski-Milton, Land Use Chair for North Tabor, your neighborhood, said the entire length of Glisan is being re-evaluated in the North Tabor area. I suggest you send Terry your comments directly through the North Tabor Neighborhood Association website. I will also forward on your concerns to him if you would like me to do so. I don’t know if he follows this blog.

  2. Bill Hamilton says:

    Did anyone else notice that the gentleman who presented the slide show on construction of the guest motel never showed one photo of the project IN the neighborhood. All the photos were taken FROM the neighborhood into the proposed motel, not out towards the neighborhood. If all you had was the photos to guide you, you would never know where the motel was being built.

    Of course there no photos of the impact of the construction on the surrounding streets. No closed sidewalk, no muddy drive next to the apartments. No actual construction activity portrayed at all so no dump trucks grinding up 44th toward Glisan and parking below the construction site, no eighteen wheeler’s coming down 43rd to Hoyt then up 44th.

    Providence is in the neighborhood but not of it. The hospital looks inward at what is good for Providence. And they have many things to be proud of. But the neighborhood is not really much more than a venue and an inconvenient one at that for the fulfillment of Providence’s goals. The Guest Motel presentation was just another example of that point of view.

    • kimcottrell says:

      Indeed, Bill. I thought of that too, as the photos of the Guest House construction were being presented. I know a few of the folks in the apartments in the same block with the Guest House. One is so upset he’s thinking of moving. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

  3. I live in the neighborhood and this is the first I have ever heard of a Providence neighborhood outreach! I am a homeowner on 53rd… promotion is lacking. I am here as a link to this site was posted on Next door.

    My naive initial hope was as simple as thinking that Providence would share access to some of it’s resources with us: information about their CSA drop off in the building, or access to gym facilities in the complex itself. (I repeat, I’m a bit Providence naive).

    Thanks for the note taking and reporting.

  4. Another pie-in-the-sky wish: I use to work at OHSU, and that hospital campus was rampant with wellness programs that neighbors were able to partake in. This included yoga classes, guided meditation classes, nutrition lectures, you name it. I’d love to see a schedule of wellness events that take place at “our” Providence that were open to neighbors taking part it.

    • kimcottrell says:

      Hi Jocelyn, it is difficult to reach all the neighbors. First, neighborhood associations can’t or don’t have a quick way to get news out. Sometimes it takes 2 months for something to hit the neighborhood paper. We have asked Providence to do a website in the past, and there is one now, but it will take time to see how useful it is. A couple of years ago, a handful of neighbors spent hours and hours trying to reach out to neighbors, even going door-to-door with flyers letting them know about this site. Soooo, long way to say glad you’re here.

      This site is focused on the relationship Providence has with neighbors. We would like them to be eager contributors to the health and welfare of nearby residents and contribute to improving our Quality of Life as often as they ask us to make concessions in the impact they have on our livability. Never before have so many neighbors come forward, at the same time, to ask questions and work together to share goals for the area. Perhaps a new era is upon us. Hope to meet you soon.

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