February 17, 2007
SUCCESSFUL FEB. 17th RALLY TELLS PORTLAND:
WE LOVE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD'S LIVABILITY!
Over 125 neighbors, business people and allied partners in the effort to find an alternative to the proposed big box store on NE 82nd and Siskiyou rallied together on Saturday, February 17 to show their solidarity to preserving neighborhood livability. Rally attendees brought along their children, dogs, fellow neighbors and friends, showing the strong community ties of the neighborhood's diverse population. Numerous students from nearby Madison High School were also present, showing their concern over such a large development across from their school.
Citing anxiety about increased traffic, safety of nearby students at schools, and economic damage to local shopping districts, the rally gathered at Glenhaven Park to hear neighborhood leaders speak about the Big Box permit application process and the status of the current proposal. Leaders also pumped up the crowd and vowed to find a positive solution for finding a win-win solution for both the land owner and the neighborhood.
"Northeast 82nd Avenue was renamed the 'Avenue of Roses'," said Save Madison South Committee co-chair Dawn Tryon, addressing the crowd. "And we are here to today to tell you that we want to help put the bloom on that rose, and help make this area blossom with a lynchpin development that truly works for this neighborhood!"
Throughout the demonstration, neighbors put their money where their mouth was, too, raising over $1,000 in donations alone from the short rally, which will go towards hiring professional experts that will make the neighborhood's case in the hearing process.
Additionally, local television news crews from KATU (Channel 2) and KOIN (Channel 6) covered the event, and numerous other media were present at the rally.
We would like to extend a big "THANK YOU" to everyone who showed up to show their support! We cannot do this without your support.
For pictures of the rally, click here: