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It's September,
and a lot is going on in the neighborhood

 SWIM, Stroheckers,
and the continuing saga of Neighborhood Associations and the Bureau of Civic Life


The Southwest in Motion (SWIM) plan is headed to City Council, September 25, at 2:00 PM. The plan prioritizes active transportation investments--walking, biking--in our SW neighborhoods.  Included are improvements to Dosch, the intersections near St Thomas More, SW Fairmont Loop, and more. You can share your perspective on the Plan by emailing or writing a letter to the Council Clerk (who forwards correspondence to the City Commissioners), or by attending the hearing.

To testify, sign up on a testimony sheet as you enter Council Chambers on the day of the meeting. Individuals have three minutes to testify, unless otherwise stated at the meeting. Written testimony may be emailed or mailed to the Council Clerk prior to the meeting.

Council Clerk Testimony: cctestimony@portlandoregon.gov
US Mail: Council Clerk, 1221 SW Fourth Ave., Room 130, Portland OR 97204


The Early Assistance Summary Report for the Strohecker's development is complete.

Please keep in mind that Early Assistance is neither a Land Use review, nor a final decision regarding the project. Rather, it is an initial and preliminary interaction between the developer and the city which gives both parties an idea of scope and general requirements.


Neighborhood Associations and the Public continue to respond to the Civic Life's proposed code changes.

It appears that public sentiment does not support an update of city code 3.96 which excises the definition and description of Neighborhood Associations. Commissioner Eudaly apparently does not have the votes on council to carry forward the code change, although a hearing is scheduled for November.

Please read SWHRL's draft response to the Mayor and City Council regarding the proposed changes.


The Kiddies are Back in School and YES
Traffic Has Gotten Worse!



The number one complaint SWHRL receives from neighbors is about speeding cars passing through the neighborhood. Increased traffic is a multi-faceted problem for which there is not a simple solution. However, one of the most effective things an individual can do to improve safety in the neighborhood is to prune one's trees and shrubs.

Remember, it is the adjacent property owner’s responsibility to keep trees and other plants from occluding street signs and blocking visibility near intersections. 

In zones marked 25 mph, stop, yield, and crosswalk signs must be visible from 150 feet. This means that a low hanging lateral branch can be at some distance from a sign, yet still block visibility. Portland Bureau of Transportation has prepared a two-page guide to clearing vegetation obstructions. The guide includes city phone numbers for questions and complaints.

For more useful information see the PBOT page on Tree and Shrub Trimming

You can report obstruction of signs and signals 24/7 at 503 823 1700. 

Everyone is endangered when overgrown foliage blocks our view of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Let's do what we can to have a safe year!