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.