Stop 27

Stop 27: Ross & Broadway

If this stop looks familiar, it should. It’s the same traffic island we landed on going East.

Maybe we have enough time to jump off and have a beer at Left Bank, then sober up at Hooper Detox. In 1971, Oregon made the momentous shift to define alcoholism as a disease, not a crime. That act also shifted the focus away from the legal system to the social service system to search for a better way to handle public drug and alcohol abuse. Central City Concern runs the Center which bears the name of David Hooper, a talented track star, aspiring politician and alcoholic. He was the last person to die of alcoholism in the Portland city jail before it was redefined as a disease.

The Portland Farmers Market office is here, at 240 North Broadway.

The city of Portland plans a N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler project. It’s a collaborative effort between the City of Portland and ODOT for the Lower Albina and Lloyd District areas.

The top 10 Oregon rail commodities (above) account for 91 percent of the commodities shipped by rail in the state.

The N/NE Quadrant Plan proposes changes to zoning and/or maximum building heights. A diverse 30-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee worked with interested community members and staff for the past year or two to develop the N/NE Quadrant Plan.

The goal is to preserve and enhance the Lower Albina industrial area, protect the working harbor and improve freight access. It would also extend the mixed-use area on Russell Street and encourage investment in historic properties.

Large warehouse conversions include the School House Electric Building, at 2181 NW Nicolai Street, and the controversial Centennial Mills project, both across the river in the NW, near the Portland Mounted Police stables. City officials have spent at least $13 million on Centennial Mills since 2000, but have little to show for it, reports the Oregonian.

Those two warehouse conversions are within Portland Development Commission’s River District. The PDC manages some 25 urban renewal areas. Improvements are primarily self-funded by improving the tax-base that pays off a bond.

We’re headed back over the Broadway Bridge now.

NEXT: Stop #28, NW 10th & Northrup