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A picnic will be hosted by the Multnomah Neighborhood Association to honor Southwest Portland activist who fought against density

CONTRIBUTED - Martie Susec

The Multnomah Neighborhood Association will host a potluck picnic to honor Marie Sucec for her community service.

Martie Susec, a long-time Multnomah neighborhood activist, died Tuesday, April 23. The cause of death was cancer. She was 76.

The picnic will begin at 3:00pm, Sunday, June 16 at Gabriel Park, Picnic Area E. Gabriel Park is located at Southwest Vermont and 37th Avenue.

This is from a tribute to Susec published in the SW News monthly by Southwest Neighbors Inc. (SWNI).

"Involved more than 30 years ago in the creation of the Southwest Community Plan, Susec worked to incorporate the voices of residents, to save trees and gardens that are among the most beautiful in the city, and to tailor commercial development to the historic character of the village. She had been chair of the Multnomah Neighborhood Association and was vice-chair the day she died.

"She is best known for her most recent work organizing a law suit against the city of Portland for outlawing single family neighborhoods through the Middle Housing Policy and the Residential Infill Project. That lawsuit is ongoing and currently before the Oregon Court of Appeals.

"For many years she worked as an editor for the Center for Health Research in Portland, and she was known for her technical and literary skills in editing manuscripts and mentoring younger writers. She led the people's struggle to stand up to the city's continual schemes to redevelop and modernize, to turn Multnomah into a place where the people who lived there could no longer afford it."

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