Month: April 2009

Alberta & MLK: coming soon… a gym, & Sweet Thing.

This building, on the southwest corner of MLK and Alberta, is undergoing rehab. When it’s done, the second floor will house It’s About Me Fitness, which is currently using a small space in the back of the adjacent building:

It seems Sweet Thing Coffeehouse will be joining It’s About Me. Have a treat, then sweat it out…. or vice-versa.

Seen on the boulevard, 4/16.

The Beech Street Project, aka the Planned Parenthood building:

Poster for Friday night’s event @ the Local Lounge; unfortunately, ‘Luther’ is spelled wrong:

This woman stopped to wash a t-shirt, brush her teeth, and fix her hair with the water from a drinking fountain on the boulevard:

The D.A.M.N. van, driving down MLK:

You can learn more about DAMN here. From the website:Thank you for visiting the new web site of “The one shot air freshner that will make you say DAMN!” DAMN air freshner. As we continue to work hard by providing the freshest scents to cover up the worst smells, our promise stands as the only air freshener that will make you say “Damn!”

African American Alliance Community Unity Breakfast

Hosting at Irvington Village (NE Mason & MLK Boulevard), the  Academic Distinction Fund is sponsoring a Community Unity Breakfast for the local African American Alliance tomorrow, from 7:30 to 9 am.

Kevin Fuller, Executive Director, will lead a discussion on saving African American males. Discussion points include:

–Role of the community

–Making schools work for African American male

–Protecting the civil rights of African American males.

More information is available at aaacub@bufor.org.

National Register of Historic Places: Holman Gardens.

Holman Gardens, at 6309 NE MLK, is one of  two places on the Boulevard that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Holman Gardens, designed by architect Carl Linde, was constructed in 1928 as an apartment building and is now a condominium building called Clovelly Garden Apartments. This name change contributes to some confusion, as seen on this website that talks about Carl Linde and some of his Portland designs.

According to wiki, “The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States government’s official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation. Having a property on the NRHP makes its owners eligible for tax incentives for expenses incurred preserving the property if they are offered by the local taxing districts.”

The info plaque on the left that’s on the front of the building is almost completely faded.

3rd Annual Spiffin’ Up Martin Luther King Blvd. Event

WHAT:
The  North / Northeast Business Association (NNEBA) and SOLV, with the support of sponsors and organizations and businesses located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, is organizing a clean-up event on Saturday, April 18, 2009.  Neighborhood businesses, community members, and citywide friends will pick up trash, clean graffiti, and remove street debris providing a public demonstration of the pride felt for this avenue where people work, shop, eat, and live.

Volunteers will register and have free coffee and pastries at Friends of Trees starting at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will disperse to one of five work areas along NE MLK Blvd. from Broadway to Lombard. At 12 p.m. volunteers will wrap up and head back to the registration site for a “thank you” lunch and bag of coupons and drawings for giveaways from event sponsors.

Northeast Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is a sponsored site for SOLV’s annual SOLV IT event.  Interested participants can register online at at http://www.solv.org/programs/solv_it.asp or call SOLV at 503-844-9571. Volunteers are asked to bring brooms and rakes with them to the event.

WHEN:
Saturday, April 18.  Volunteer sign up begins at 8:30 a.m.; work begins at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Register at SOLV.org or HandsOnPortland.org
Check in is at Friends of Trees, 3117 NE MLK Blvd. at Fargo St. Volunteers return at 12:00 for thank you lunch.

WHO:
The North / Northeast Business Association with the support of: the Portland Development Commission, SOLV, NE Coalition of Neighborhoods, Friends of Trees, Portland Trail Blazers, Safeway, Legacy Health Systems, For The Grill Of It, Brooks Staffing, and Albina Community Bank.

WHY:
Those who live, work, and do business on and nearby NE Martin Luther King, Jr.  Blvd. recognize the need for the entire community to care for the “soul” of the neighborhood.  This event will bring together the diverse community  of  inner North and Northeast Portland to take pride in the boulevard that is the center of the community, to celebrate Earth Day 2009, and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.