MLK Boulevard news & notes.

  • Roy Roos has published “The History of Albina,” which includes a longish essay on the history of the neighborhood, along with photos and notes on past and present buildings in the area.
  • The Portland Planning Commission recently approved thirty years of tax exemption for Shaver Green, the development at Shaver and MLK that will provide affordable housing. The Hollywood Star News reports that planner Barbara Sack told the Commission that all of the rents for the building’s 85 units will be kept at levels affordable to people earning sixty percent or more of median area family income. That “or more” sounds like a giant loophole that the building’s owners can jump through, doesn’t it?
  • Bill Reed, owner of the Standard Dairy Building at 2808 MLK whose ground-level commercial space housed Billy Reed’s (then Spice, and then Venue), is considering that space to a daycare, according to the Hollywood Star News. Meanwhile, the Oregon Business Journal noted last month that Spice Restaurants, Inc., renewed its business license for this very same location.
  • A recent article in the Sentinel noted that the “crackdown on prostitution” along 82nd Avenue has caused prostitutes to take up soliciting along Interstate Avenue and MLK Boulevard more frequently than usual. The November 2008 article hilariously notes that “neighborhood association meetings have been a hotbed of conversation about prostitution… [s]ome have even lodged complaints about specific prostitutes. ‘In September, someone mentioned a prostitute with a prosthetic leg they’d seen around.’ “
  • The Sentinel reports on the groundbreaking of the new Planned Parenthood site, with a blog post including pictures, video, and comments from readers. Meanwhile, the Hollywood Star News reports that the Muslim Community Center next door doesn’t approve of the project; one of its spokespersons said (it’s unclear to whom) “we can’t pray when babies are being killed next door.”
  • In October, the Wolf Education & Research Center (3909 NE MLK, Suite 202 [above Wayne’s Chicago Red Hots]), hosted a Wolf Conference at Concordia University. The Conference came one week after “Wolf Awareness Week” ended.
  • In January, the City of Portland will hold a hearing on approving zoning variances for the Miracles development (housing and the Miracles drug rehabilitation center).
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