NE Portland families organize against Clearwire cell tower on Fremont and 37th
Clearwire calls community meeting this Wednesday at 6:30pm
Portland, OR--Respect PDX is a group of Beaumont Wilshire residents who organized to oppose a Clearwire cell tower in the parking lot of Wilshire Market on NE 37th and Fremont. Members of the group plan to make their case at a community meeting this Wednesday, January 13th.
On December 31, Clearwire notified residents within 400 feet of the Wilshire Market of a community meeting to discuss the proposed installation of multiple WiMax antennas on a utility pole and an equipment box on the store's property. Community meetings are part of a required application process for cell tower installations, instituted by the city of Portland in late 2008.
Respect PDX opposes this sixty foot cell tower in a completely residential, low priority location because it is:
Loud. The equipment cabinets that are next to the towers emit almost constant noise. Clearwire has been slow to correct other problem installations in Portland neighborhoods.
Unhealthy. Even the FCC, which licenses cell towers, admits they have not been proven
to be safe. This installation is a short distance from surrounding homes. Many of the homes are owned by families with small children.
Ugly. Sixty foot tall towers are eyesores and lower property values. Other cities have found much less intrusive ways to deliver good cell coverage.
Colin O'Neill, the father of two small children, lives on Milton Street just behind the store. "This meeting is important to Beaumont Wilshire neighbors, but it is also an example for the rest of the city, " O'Neill said. "We want to ensure that our voice is heard. If the cell companies insist on bringing their technology into residential neighborhoods, they need to act like neighbors—respectfully and responsibly."
Clearwire has launched a major WiMax service roll out in Portland. More and more of these towers are proposed in neighborhoods all over the city. Respect PDX intends to guarantee that citizens' concerns are heeded in this process.
Wednesday January 13 6:30pm
Beaumont Middle School
4043 NE Fremont
Respect PDX representatives will be available for media interviews at 6:20pm outside the meeting room in Beaumont Middle School.
For more information go to www.RespectPDX.org