Response-PPMC proposal March 2012 . . . by Rick Briasco, Laurelhurst neighbor, who lives on Glisan.
Excerpt from Briasco letter: In particular, I am distressed by the fact (restated in an email routed last week by one of PPMC Vice Presidents, Jean Marks) that PPMC, which provides all of its 3,000 employees with free Tri‐Met passes, has no way of assessing how many of its staff use them to commute to work. The reality that this not‐for‐profit organization spends hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for this purpose, without being able to quantify the value–to either the organization or the community–suggests that their stated commitment to proactively manage traffic impacts resulting from their current and proposed business is, at best, illusionary and passive. Further, it appears to me to be a cynical and ineffective response designed to placate residents who view neighborhood safety as a very real concern.
Email from a neighbor, Susan, sent March 29:
Hi–I’m a Laurelhurst resident who has become increasingly concerned about the seemingly nonstop expansion of the Providence medical complex in our neighborhood. The traffic is already problematic. 47th & Halsey is an absolute nightmare to deal with in rush hours and well beyond, the need for a left turn signal is acute and remains unaddressed. The intersection of 47th & Glisan isn’t much better, but it at least has a left turn signal. The quiet, single-family residential character is more and more challenged by the enormous expansion projects that have taken place, and more alarmingly are scheduled to keep taking place here. There is little of the varied retail community-building enterprises here, and allowing nothing but more Providence structures and the accompanying traffic they bring in just means more of a medical ghetto character for our neighborhood. This I believe will impact our property values if allowed to continue unabated. The city really has to address our concerns here. It’s not just a matter of some grumpy folks who don’t like change. This IS having an effect on our neighborhood, and it ISN”T for the better. I’m hoping that the city will take our concerns seriously. Thanks.
Gmail – Providence: How Many Cars Each Day . . . by Kim Cottrell, Laurelhurst neighbor, to Mayor Sam Adams, cc to Douglas Hardy, Land Services Division, focuses on the actual number of cars coming to and parking in our neighborhood.
Excerpt from Cottrell letter: “It has become apparent to me in my conversations with some of the City of Portland staff that the feeling in City Hall is that there is harmony in the neighborhoods surrounding Providence Hospital. That is simply not the case. As I have met and discussed the traffic issues and the impacts of PPMC on our neighborhood, it is clear that over the last decade many neighbors have tried to get the attention of Providence or the City, albeit in small groups, never able to gain a voice. They gave up and the cars kept arriving.”
Beaumont on PPMC CUMP (3-25-12) . . . by Constance Beaumont, Laurelhurst neighbor, focuses on the health effects of driving and negative impact of so much traffic in our neighborhood.
Excerpt from Beaumont letter: “If parking for daytime employees is free, it will sabotage Providence’s TDM program and undercut the value of transit passes offered by the medical center to employees. Indeed, some experts have noted that if parking pricing is not addressed first, subsequent efforts to reduce drive-alone trips are virtually pointless.”
Response to Providence 2011 CUMP_wbh . . . by Bill Hamilton, Laurelhurst neighbor, focuses on the Medical Office Building being proposed for the NW corner of 47th & Glisan.
Excerpt from Hamilton letter: “As far as the neighborhood is concerned this request is an admission on the part of Providence that the intersection of 47th and NE Glisan is unsafe and inconvenient for Providence’s clients and employees but just fine for the rest of the community. North Tabor brought up this argument in a GNA meeting last year. And its validity at the time was vouchsafed by the Providence’s land use lawyer, Michael Robinson, who stated that the safety of the 47th Street and NE Glisan intersection was going to have to be addressed by Providence in a meaningful way before they could hope to move forward with a sky bridge alternative.”
City Transportation Issues 3.19.12 . . . by Ryan Sexton, Bill Hamilton, and Kim Cottrell, Laurelhurst neighbors, focuses on traffic and safety issues at and near the 47th & Glisan intersection.
Providence Portland Medical Center – Parker . . . by James Parker, Laurelhurst neighbor, focuses on response to Community Meeting of February 27 in a letter to Commissioner Saltzman as commissioner in charge of Bureau of Development Services.
My Providence Worries . . . by Kim Cottrell, neighbor, March 2, 2012
Parker 2-27-2012 . . . Notes from Jim Parker, Laurelhurst neighbor, as he prepared for the Community Meeting hosted by Providence Portland Medical Center on February 27, 2012