UNR Invitation for April 9th Demolition/Development Summit IV
Who is invited?
United Neighborhoods for Reform is based on wide public participation, and we’re hoping to have one or more residents from each participating neighborhood in attendance, be they authorized neighborhood association board members or simply concerned neighbors. (If you haven’t RSVP’d, no problem. Come & participate.)
When and where?
Thurs., April 9th, 7-9 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, 4330 NE 37th Ave., 97211
(Corner of 37th & Skidmore, enter down walkway on Skidmore side of church.)
Why a Summit IV?
Last spring a small group of neighborhood activists from around the city met to explore the possibility of creating a grass-roots organization that could unite neighborhood associations in persuading City Council to address problems associated with the growing “demolition epidemic” in our neighborhoods.
That was Summit I.
After a summer of increased destruction of viable, affordable homes—often replaced by one or more expensive, out-of-scale “McMansions”—neighborhood association leaders and concerned residents from more than 25 neighborhoods came together in the fall for Summit II, then Summit III, resolved to bring about building code reform that could stem the “drive-by demolition” tide. This was the genesis of UNR.
A volunteer committee formed at Summit III was charged with drafting a resolution based on input from Summit participants. Work was completed by November on a one-page resolution, which was then disseminated to the city’s 90-plus neighborhood associations for endorsement, with committee members attending as many meetings as possible to field questions and concerns. In the end, the resolution garnered over 40 endorsements and was presented to City Council at two hearings—one in December, the other in February—via orchestrated testimony. The purpose of Summit IV will be to review the progress that was made at these hearings and related meetings, discuss objectives for an action plan moving forward, and establish committees to provide input on specific UNR reform initiatives.