Much has been made of the Eliot historic conservation district rezoning proposal. Most of residential Eliot is being down-zoned from R2 to R2.5
which is more reflective of what is currently on the ground and
slightly limits what can be built after tearing down an existing house.
(The corridors are mostly getting up-zoned slightly and a new mixed use
zone instead of the RX or EX designation they had before.) See the Map App for detailed information.
“Just call me Darcelle,” says the new Guinness Book of World Records
holder as we get started with our interview. Darcelle, born Walter Cole,
has brought fame to our Eliot neighborhood and the city of Portland in
the form of a world record for being the world’s oldest, still
performing Drag Queen. However, before he was Darcelle XV, Cole was an
entrepreneur. His business ventures survived urban renewal multiple
times in rapidly changing city.
It all started at Cascade Head at the mouth of the Salmon River. It
is quite tricky to get to the three rocks past the spit on the other
side of the river, but this is where Kipp Baratoff and Duncan Berry were
sitting in 2012 when they came up with the idea for their business
venture. They were sitting on those rocks talking about the ocean, the
fish and how sad they were with some of the complexities of the seafood
industry. They wished the industry could connect better with consumers.
There in the “original boardroom” the idea for Fishpeople was born to transform the consumer’s relationship with the sea.
52-Unit Apartment Building to Bring New Life on Monroe and MLK
Eliot is experiencing a sustained building boom that is slowly
replacing housing that was lost by original residents, the majority
being African Americans. With the new Cascadia campus on MLK and
Monroe, the neighborhood has a chance to revitalize and provide some
housing relief for families that have been forced to leave as the
Environmental Services is designing a project
to construct, replace, or repair up to 10,000 feet of public sewer
pipes in the southern portion of the Eliot Neighborhood. Many of the
existing combined sewer pipes are deteriorating due to age or are
undersized for the sewer and stormwater flows in this area. This project
is one of many that will protect the public and the environment by
reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses and
A good work ethic, a job, and a savings plan paid off for Amelia
Acala. Before her senior year started, she was rolling in a car
purchased with money saved from her customer service job with Legacy
Emanuel’s Food and Nutrition Services.
series of posts about winter activities to keep you busy until
spring featuring exciting business and organizations located in and
around our amazing neighborhood.
There is a wonderful little shop that is really quite a magical place
on NE 7th Ave. At the border of our neighborhood, Bella Flora and
owner Elaine Falbo let us escape the day’s stress and enter in to a
wonderland of fairy furniture, vintage clothes and glassware as well as
antique books, stuffed animals and dolls and an assortment of wreathes
and baskets, dried rose bud headbands and crepe paper flowers handmade