Welcome to Piedmont

Recently, someone put up this placard over one of the signs at the now-closed Chester Dorsey car wash at 7111 NE MLK:

Acording to portlandneighborhood.com, the Piedmont Neighborhood’s boundaries are “Interstate 5, Northeast Columbia Boulevard, Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and North Ainsworth Street.”


Rhythm Traders is moving to MLK

Brad Boynton’s drum and percussion store, Rhythm Traders, will be moving to MLK this winter, taking over this building, used most recently by King Dry Cleaners (which closed a few weeks ago):

Boynton, whose shop opened in 1992 and is currently on Broadway in the Lloyd District, told me that he’s excited to move to MLK so that he can be “part of a neighborhood” and closer to folks who would shop and take classes at Rhythm Traders.

The building is at 3904 NE MLK, where Failing crosses MLK. According to portlandmaps.com, the property sold for $710,000, and the building itself was originally built in 1909!

Speaking of KFC….

On Saturday, September 20th, animal rights activists gathered outside the KFC on MLK to protest the “cruel practices like breaking birds’ wings and legs, cutting their throats while the animals are still conscious, and scalding them to death in defeathering tanks” of its suppliers.  According to a KFC employee, seven or eight people gathered for the protest.

The KFC in the Lloyd District closed earlier this year and was replaced by Muchas Gracias, which prompted this ‘review’ on yelp.com: “What the hell did you do to KFC?  Where am I going to get popcorn chicken?”

A fence for the Miracles Club development?

Some friction between the local residents and the proponents of the Miracles Club development (Miracles is slated to move across the street to a new mixed-use building with transitional housing above the club, between Skidmore and Mason on the east side of MLK Jr. Blvd.) has arisen around the issue of how the Miracles development will fit into the neighborhood.

A September 18th article in the Portland Mercury describes some of issues in play. From the write-up: Gary Marschke, president of the North/Northeast Business Association, sees the neighborhood split on the subject of Miracles. “Older neighbors see it as a service and an asset. They’re a safe and supportive environment that’s kept the folks who come to them off the street,” he says, believing that new neighbors are more inclined to find the club annoying for three reasons: “It’s loud, it’s black, and it’s smoky.”

Also notable on the Mercury page above is the comments left by two area residents – one a member of the King Neighborhood Association, and another a resident who is deeply critical of the proposed Miracles development.

Albina Community Bank wins community development award

From The Skanner:

Albina Community Bank has been selected to receive a CDFI Fund Bank Enterprise Award of $675,000 for their 2007 community development work.

The bank’s award is for its support of Portland’s local businesses through small business loans, home improvement loans and commercial real estate loans to underserved areas of the city.

Albina is the only commercial bank in the Pacific Northwest certified as a Community Development Financial Institution by the U.S. Treasury Department…

Albina Community Bank opened in December 1995 as the first subsidiary of Albina Community Bancorp. One of just 57 commercial banks across the country certified by the U.S. Treasury Department as a community development financial institution, Albina is the only CDFI in the Pacific Northwest.

Albina Community Bank’s website notes that “Albina Community Bank opened in December 1995 to help our Portland neighbors and neighborhoods realize their potential and their successes.  While today’s shareholders include Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Meyer Memorial Trust, the bank is truly owned by the people of Portland through the NE Portland Community Development Trust and hundreds of individual shareholders who live throughout our local neighborhoods- those who care the most about our local communities.”  Albina Community Bank’s MLK branch is at 2002 NE MLK: