Save These Dates!

Dear Neighbors,
Please save the dates for two Reed Neighborhood Association (RNA) events coming up this fall.

Wednesday, November 13th, from 7-8:30 PM, Gary Granger will give a presentation on the Portland Crow Roost Study. The presentation will take place in room 104 in the Performing Arts Building (PAB) on the Reed College Campus.Please see more info on the talk below.

Thursday, December 12th, from 7-9 PM, Reed Neighborhood Holiday Gathering.We will gather at Gigantic Brewery at the corner of SE Steele and 26th. This event is 21+ and is “no host,” so everyone buys their own beverages. RNA will provide light snacks, please feel free to bring holiday finger foods to share.  

Portland Crow Roost Presentation Every Portlander sees families of crows in their neighborhood on a daily basis, but what you may not know is that during the winter the local birds join thousands of others in a dramatic gathering in our downtown area forming a nightly roost. This urban roost is a unique natural spectacle that makes Portland a special place, similar to the annual return of the Vaux Swifts in the Chapman School chimney.

The people doing this Crow Roost study are longterm Portland (and suburb) residents who have engaged in this community science project studying the urban crow roost in Portland for the past 3 years. They monitor the crow roost weekly, do population counts and document night roost locations. They are working closely with Audubon of Portland on this project.

Portland Crow Roost:

October Reed Meeting


Wed, Oct 9, 2018  | 7:00 – 8:30 PM |  Reed Performing Arts Building, Rm 104

7:00 – Welcome and Introductions

7:05 – Review of Minutes/Agenda

7:10 – Discuss Code Changes / vote on writing a letter

7:35 – Plan December Party / Create committee

7:50 – Approve last meeting’s minutes (board vote)

7:55 – Compile info on SEUL grants/deadlines/etc/National Night out/etc

8:00 – Update on speakers for Nov and Feb meetings

8:05 – Update on Communication Tools, what still needs to be done?

          Discuss description of needed web/social media volunteer

8:10 – Land Use Report

8:20 – Treasurer’s Report

8:25 – Review 2019/2020 Plan/Meeting Schedule

8:25 – Recap of Meeting & Adjourn

Portland Marathon Will Divert Traffic, Sunday, Oct 6

Attention Reed Neighborhood,
This year the Portland Marathon presented by OHSU will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2019. New this year, the Portland Marathon route is running through SE, specifically Brooklyn, Sellwood and Eastmoreland neighborhoods. The route will also go through the Reed College campus, but not technically through the Reed neighborhood. Please be aware we will certainly experience traffic impacts from the marathon.
To see an interactive map of the entire route that allows you to zoom in to see the exact streets used for the race, please visit
As a rule of thumb it will not be possible to drive on, or drive across, the streets used for the race until the last runner has passed the location and the traffic control devices have been removed. Vehicles will be turned away one block prior to reaching the race route.
● It is recommended that Reed residents do not attempt to use SE 28th Ave to travel anywhere south of SE Steele St from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the day of the race. If it is absolutely necessary to enter Eastmoreland from Reed via SE 28th Ave, traffic control personnel will be present to assist vehicles to do so, but there will be significant delays.
Once in Eastmoreland, it will not be possible to continue down SE 28th Ave to cross over 99E on Bybee Blvd. Cesar Chavez Blvd should be used as an alternative for any travel south of SE Steele St.
● SE Woodstock Blvd between SE 34th Ave and SE 28h Ave will be entirely closed from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
● It will not be possible to drive east/west across SE Milwaukie Ave on SE Holgate Blvd. All vehicles will be turned away one block prior to reaching SE Holgate Blvd. SE Powell Blvd will remain open and unimpacted throughout the entire event, and should be used as an alternative route for westbound travel.
● SE McLoughlin Blvd (99E) will be accessible via SE 17th Ave and there will be no impacts to 99E itself.
● Westbound travel across the Sellwood Bridge will not be possible between 7:00 and 10:45 a.m.
To view an interactive map of the entire race course please visit
That map will allow you to zoom in to see the exact streets that will be used for the race. If you plan to travel into or through any neighborhoods near the race route between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 6, please take a moment to visit and read the detailed traffic control description for the neighborhood in question.
Thanks so much,
the Reed Neighborhood Association

RNA Board Meeting Wed, Sept 11, 2019

Reed Neighbors,
Many thanks to everyone who came to our picnic! It was super fun to see old neighbors, and to meet new ones. Thank you also, to the Reed Neighborhood Emergency Team for their excellent information table.

Our next board meeting is coming up, and will be in room 104 instead of 131.

BOARD MEETING: Wednesday, September 11, in room 104 in the Reed Performing Arts Building.


7:00 – Welcome and Introductions

7:05 – Review of Minutes/Agenda/Approve last meeting’s minutes & current meeting’s agenda

7:10 – Discuss Mail Chimp/Canvas Webhosting/FB login/password 

7:30 – Choose speakers for Oct and Feb meetings

7:45 – SEUL Update / Discuss Code Changes 

8:05 – NET Update

8:15 – Treasurer’s Report/Land Use Report

8:20 – Recap of Meeting & Adjourn

Reed Neighborhood Meeting Agenda, Wed June 12, 2019


Wednesday,  June, 12 2019 |  Meet and Greet at 6:30, Meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 PM  

Reed College Performing Arts Building, Rm 131

We aim to hold a warm and encouraging space for community action and input. This is a place for neighbors to come together to address various issues and hopes for our neighborhood. The RNA is not here to act on behalf of neighbors, but rather to create a platform from which all neighbors can effectively work to improve REED neighborhood.

6:30 Meet and Greet

7:00: Welcome and Introductions (5 min)

7:05: Welcome new board members (10 min)

7:15: Communications/planning for August 4 picnic (30 min) 

     Set up picnic committee

7:45: Review, amend and vote on the meeting plan 

     Plan how/where to post

7:25: Reed Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET)  (20 min)

7:50: Land Use Report (5 min)

     (If no Land Use Rep, Chair would be the Land Use contact for public notices/direct people to monthly SEUL Land Use meeting)

7:55: Review and Approve last meeting’s Minutes (5 min)

8:00: Treasurer’s Report (5 min)

8:30: Adjourn


Albina Rail Yard Relocation Evaluation

Update from Reed Board Member, Nadyne Rosin:

Rail Yard Study and Possible Support: There will be a study of the potential relocation of the Albina Rail Yard. The Albina Rail Yard Relocation Project is a long term plan to move the switching needs of the railroad to another location outside of the city center. This could include the Brooklyn Rail Yard as well if the railroad modernizes the entire metropolitan area at once, which has historically been the process in other major cities. This modernization of this 19th century technology would include elevating or trenching the railroad throughout the city, thereby eliminating all crossing conflicts, noise and lowering pollution. To determine the viability of this idea, a $30,000 engineering study would lay the foundation for a preliminary meeting of primary stakeholders.

Mo Badreddine from the Albina Relocation Project and Terry Dublinski-Milton, former SE Uplift Chair, will present this idea and officially ask for SE Uplift funding to help this study. Rail relocation projects in general offer many benefits that extend  beyond crossing safety and operations. Possible additional benefits may include:

• Improved environmental air quality resulting from decreased noise and air pollution.
• Improved land use & appearance
• Enhancing public safety- eliminating possible obstructions to emergency vehicles
• Safer routes for hazardous material movements
• Improvements in the railroad’s operational efficiency
• Large parcels of land could open up for redevelopment and park space. The highest concentration of diesel exhaust stems from Brooklyn Yard. Tonnage by truck is expected to double from now-2040 and triple in value. Feel free to reach out to Terry before the meeting if you want more info. The attached document describes the scope of the study.

The SE Uplift board then proceeded to vote for adding Brooklyn Switch yard to the study and would match a Dollar for every two dollars raised.

On April 10, the Reed Neighborhood Board approved donating a sum of $300. SE Uplift will add $150. $7,000 has already been raised.

To view the Albina Rail Yard Relocation study, click the link below:

Albina TO1 Railroad Evaluation SCOPE_FINAL (1) (1)

Reed Elections May 8, 2019

Reed Neighborhood Meeting, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in the Reed Performing Arts Bldg. Room 104

Meet and Greet: 6:30 pm

Meeting  7:00 – 8:30 pm

First on the agenda will be our annual Reed Neighborhood Board Elections. If you would like to meet neighbors and be involved, please join your neighborhood board!

Also, The Reed Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) will introduce newly trained members, discuss the NET’s mission, fill us in on Reed’s current state of preparedness, and how you can become involved.

Greg Bourget, from Portland Clean Air, will talk about current efforts to measure diesel air pollution, and give updates on other clean air efforts across the city.

Reed Neighborhood Meeting, April 10

CORRECTION! I previously posted that we would have a meeting on May 13–this was incorrect! Our next meeting is Wed, April, 10.


Wednesday,  April 10, 2019 |  Meet and Greet, 6:30, Meeting,  7:00 to 8:30 PM  

Reed College Performing Arts Building, Rm 131

6:30: Meet and Greet

7:00: Welcome and Introductions (5 min)

7:05: Create 2019 Schedule and Communications Plan (40 Minutes)

Election (and NET presentation?) May 8

Picnic, August 4

Clean Up ?

Other Speakers

Collected Email Addresses

7:45: Review of Minutes/Agenda (5 min)

7:50: Approve last meeting’s Minutes & current meeting’s Agenda (5 min)

7:55: Treasurer’s Report (5 min)

8:00: SE Uplift Report (5 Minutes)

8:05: Land Use Report (10 min)

8:15: Recap of Meeting & Adjourn


March Reed Neighborhood Meeting

Join us at the next Reed Neighborhood Association Meeting! We will discuss our communications budget and plan for 2019. Our goal is to increase attendance to meetings and other events like the picnic, neighborhood cleanup, etc. Let us know if you would like to volunteer your communications skills!

Wednesday,  May 13, 2019 |  Meet and Greet at 6:30, Meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 PM  

Reed College Performing Arts Building, Rm 131

March Neighborhood Association Meeting

Residential Infill Project – information on proposed higher density zoning changes

The City of Portland’s proposal to significantly change the zoning code to increase building density on currently zoned R2.5, R5, and R7 residential lots is now moving through revisions at BDS and City Council.  This program will allow construction of 4-plex apartments, triplexs, and duplexes, and provide one or two additional ADU “granny flats” on most residential lots in Portland, as well as, various combinations of single family homes, multi-plexes, and ADUs on one lot.  This proposal also significantly alters the existing rules for development standards of height, size, FAR, type, and layout plan of new residential construction.  This will affect most of the zoned lots in the Reed Neighborhood.

You can find out more about this, here:

You can see the map app overlay of this, here, and search for any property address:

You can check out some of the project literature from Portland’s BPS, here:

This process continues to go through public comment, legal challenges, and modifications at the city level with expected City Council vote some time this summer.  If you are interested in these proposed Land Use changes and Zoning changes, we encourage you to learn more about this and get involved by submitting comment to the City of Portland or checking out some of the other resources on this.