Letters To The Editor
Map of "Little Libraries" along the sidewalks
Editor,I've been methodically exploring the streets within a mile and a half radius of my house for some months now, charting the locations of all the local "Little Libraries" in people's yards. Here's a map I've made, which I'd be pleased if you found fit to publish in your fine newspaper. Nice to be able to provide a public service. Merry Christmas!
Ken Hueyvia e-mail
Why businesses close
I would love [to know] which establishments are closing, and the reasons. Just COVID? Rent? Location? Etc., etc. I heard Oodles toy store is closing, and I saw Branches has closed. Some have just moved, like the Bull and the Bee. . . Anyway, we love your newspaper and read it every time. We also love the less biased content. It's hard to find . . . plain facts anymore. Katie Himel
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes, if we know why a business is closing, we say so. Thanks for the compliment.]
Home access damaged; but city washes hands of it
My name is Barbara and I'm an 81year old woman who lives in Sellwood, in a house that was built by my father in the 1920s. My family were early residents of Sellwood, and my father was a local baker and business owner. My family has been active in the community – and I have worked at City Hall as a Commissioner's assistant to Commissioner Bob Koch, during his period in office. For years, I had a Sunday Morning radio show where we discussed cultural diversity. By profession I'm a retired school teacher, who spent my entire career in Portland Public Schools.
Since the 1920s, my family parked directly in front of our home on Sixth Avenue, which is one of the many "private roads" in Portland. Several years ago, a developer purchased the adjacent property and proceeded to develop it into condominiums. I initially welcomed them into the neighborhood; however, unfortunately, that developer – without permission – cut into my property during his efforts to develop that lot. That resulted in a lawsuit being filed against the developer, which was settled after several years of dispute. However, during the development, the developer, with the consent of the City of Portland, made significant changes to the S.E. Sixth Avenue roadway, without any notice to me.
The developer significantly altered the slope angle of the roadway. The roadway was altered from approximately a 4 degree slope angle to approximately 26 degrees. For perspective, the "Americans with Disabilities Act" guidelines mandate that such a slope be no more than a slope ratio of 1:12, which equals 4.8 degrees – substantially less than what was approved by the City of Portland, and was installed by the developer.
As a result of this dramatic change in the slope angle of the roadway, I'm not able to park in front of my house – and, because of the stairs, and difficulty in finding street parking, this has caused me great difficulty in leaving my home. After COVID restrictions are lifted, finding street parking will be even more difficult.
On June 9, my attorney, Ted Roe, of Portland-based Veritas Business Law, wrote a letter to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. There was no response, despite his follow up calls and e-mails, until finally receiving a letter from the City Attorney on September 24, advising him that the city would not do anything to help. . .
In a final effort to get someone in city government to help, my attorney wrote directly to Mayor Ted Wheeler and his staff requesting a meeting to discuss my issues, and possible resolutions that would allow me easier access to my home. . . Neither Mayor Wheeler nor his staff responded, leaving me with no resolution. My safety is at stake. So I decided to take it to the press. I have done what I can, and I need help. Thank you for giving this senior a voice. May 2021 bring us all better times.Barbara Criquivia e-mail
Correction needed, in print BEE
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