Dozens paint the 'Arleta Triangle' as its makeover continues
After being an Inner Southeast Portland nexus of street shootings for quite some time, residents of the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood say they're relieved that the gunfire incidents have considerably declined this year.
One of the neighborhood volunteers' projects has been to close off the "Arleta Triangle", a complex intersection at S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 72nd Avenue, which they have successfully accomplished.
Their next step was to transfer the closed area there into a colorful street plaza, which took place on Saturday, August 20, as more than two dozen adults and kids painted the pavement.
"This year feels so much better," commented Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association Chair Matchu Williams at the "painting party".
"Last year, we were ducking and covering, with gunshots daily. With the marked reduction in shootings here, there's less anxiety, and we're regaining more of a neighborhood feeling once again."
With the help of "SymbiOp Garden Shop & Landscaping", the large concrete culvert sections in the closed intersection extension are being transformed into planters. "And, it's great that we have dozens of volunteers — neighbors — out here painting this Street Plaza, to help make our neighborhood a better place for our residents today and for the future," Williams told THE BEE.
However, with the street plaza painted, the effort wasn't done. "Next, we'll be putting in street furniture and a modular stage that can be set up for events like concerts or guest speakers, or any other community need," Williams said.
"The best thing about this is 'neighbors meeting neighbors'; that's what helps build a resilient community. Being interconnected; helping out each other," observed Williams. "'Building' is more than the sum of the parts."
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