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Center Makes A Name for Itself

The CENTER neighborhood of east Portland has voted to change its name to North Tabor Neighborhood. 50 concerned neighbors turned out October 21st to the General Membership Board Meeting at Providence Hospital Amphitheater to cast votes for the name change. A two-thirds majority was reached to amend bylaws changing the neighborhoods name from CENTER to North Tabor neighborhood.
A final hand count of 38 votes in favor to 10 opposed was reached. The meeting followed an in depth process amongst the board and residents to involve as many neighbors as possible in the voting process.

A Name Change Work Group Committee was formed by the board to develop procedures to ensure a transparent and inclusive process for the name change. The September Special General Meeting brought a similar turnout. Recommendations of the work group were adopted by the board. 20 Proposed names were nominated and deliberated on. Leading up to the final vote, the name North Tabor narrowly won over Rosemont by a final vote of 16 to 14.

The North Tabor Neighborhood has many exciting projects and ongoing activities. The neighborhood currently publishes the Center Connection newsletter six times a year available at local businesses, online at (centerpdx.org) and hand delivered to over 2000 homes. Other projects include pedestrian enhancements to NE Glisan St crossings, bioswales to help with storm water management, spring tree plantings with friends of trees, neighborhood diversity outreach, friends of Rosemont Bluff natural area, enhancements to the 60th Street Max station, place making murals , pocket parks, community garden space and deepening our connection to our rich neighborhood history and diverse residents. The North Tabor board is breaking down barriers to participate in the neighborhood, utilizing care giving and public transportation funding to encourage diversity and family participation in neighborhood events. The neighborhood association has also donated money for a new playground to Glencoe Elementary for a new playground.

Background:
The North Tabor Neighborhood of Portland, Oregon is located in the central heart of Portland's historic inner eastside. North Tabor is bounded on the west by 44th Avenue and the Laurelhurst neighborhood. On the east by 68th and 69th Avenues and the Montavilla neighborhood. The southern edge of North Tabor is Burnside Street (separating it from the Mt. Tabor neighborhood), except in the area between 44th and 49th Avenues where the neighborhood extends south to Stark Street, which forms the boundary with the Sunnyside neighborhood. The Banfield Expressway (Interstate 84) forms its northern boundary, separating it from the Hollywood District, Rose City Park, and Madison South neighborhoods to the north. North Tabor Neighborhood is home to:

* Providence Portland Medical Center
* The NE 60th Ave MAX station on the Blue Line and Red Line of Portland's award-winning light rail system
* Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Center
* Shogren House Museum
* The Wilbur Reed House
* The Southeast Precinct of the Portland Police Bureau
* The Multnomah County Penumbra Kelly building

Neighborhood activists created the first neighborhood park, Rosemont Bluff Natural Area, which is located across from the Donald E. Long School, on NE 68th Avenue. The history of our neighborhood has its beginnings at the very earliest date of Portland's development, growing rapidly from the late 1800s and into the early 1900s. The area was originally considered part of "north Mount Tabor", and was predominantly farmland. The second phase of development soon followed, with the construction of the Mount Tabor Villa streetcar line, which served our area and what was later renamed as the Montavilla area. This streetcar line, which ran along Glisan from about NE 28th to east of NE 82nd, was originally constructed in 1892, and quickly triggered a lot of in-fill development, particularly in the areas closest to the streetcar line. In the early 1970's local residents formed one of Portland's first Neighborhood Associations here; the young Association chose to name itself C.E.N.T.E.R., an acronym for "Citizens Engaged Now Toward Ecological Review". The neighborhood's concern continues to be maintaining its historical association with the predominant community design, comprised of single-family bungalow and cottage homes. In October 2008 neighbors voted to change the name to North Tabor. North Tabor Neighborhood today is made up of a diverse group of world citizens, and its combination of unpretentious working-class backbone, plus "creative class" influence, continues to evolve as many up-and-coming infill developments are adding to the character and historic aspects of our neighborhood.

homepage: homepage: http://www.centerpdx.org