Assurety NW, an Urban-Renewal Success Story, Will Leave Lents


The East Portland neighborhood of Lents is losing one of its few success stories from 15 years of urban renewal.The Portland Development Commission has poured more than $96 million into Lents since 1998. As WW reported in January, that money has resulted in little commercial revitalization. The PDC did recruit insurance agency Assurety NW in 2007 to relocate its corporate headquarters from Gresham ...   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AARON MESH

Murmurs: Still Learning From “Marge Vs. The Monorail.”

Botched anesthesia at the Oregon Zoo contributed to the death of Sumatran orangutan Kutai in January—and triggered an investigation and the firing of zoo director Kim Smith (“12 Mammals That   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

The Belmont Goats Will Become the Lents Goats

Portland Development Commission also approves photo installation and outdoor furniture for its empty lots.


Lents may not have the business district it's been expecting for 15 years. But Lents has gotten your goats.The Belmont Goats, a herd of 14 goats forced to leave its urban pasture at Southeast 10th Avenue and Belmont Street by a new apartment complex, has been OK'd by the Portland Development Commission to move to an empty lot in the East Portland neighborhood of Lents.The PDC has agreed to locate the ...   More
Monday, February 10, 2014 AARON MESH

Lents Leader: Police Homelessness Plan Ignores East Portland

Jesse Cornett blasts Chief Mike Reese for displacing homeless camps east of 82nd Avenue


Portland Police Chief Mike Reese roused the sleeping debate over homelessness for another year Tuesday by announcing a new initiative, "Prosper Portland," to clear downtown sidewalks. He also awakened the ire of East Portland residents, who say police are just shoving homeless camps to the edges of the city. Lents Neighborhood Association chairman Jesse Cornett sent Reese a blistering letter Tuesday, ...   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Razed & Confused

The city poured $96 million into reviving Lents. Where’s the rebirth of this East Portland neighborhood?

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In the past few months, Mayor Charlie Hales has talked about changing the way the city of Portland tries to bring struggling, rundown neighborhoods back to life. He calls it “place-making.”   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 AARON MESH

When The Portland Beavers Last Tried to Move to Lents

An Oct. 26, 1960, article from the Oregon Journal reveals the Portland Beavers have considered moving to Lents before -- to a Southeast Portland farm site once owned by A.V. and Robertina Folkman. That farm site eventually became Eastport Plaza, the shopping center now on Southeast 82nd Avenue between Holgate and Powell boulevards. Jim Running, an Oregon Journal staff writer in 1960, writes: "With ...   More
Friday, May 15, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Randy Leonard vs. Lents Neighbors

The cafeteria of Lent Elementary School near the site of Merritt Paulson's proposed baseball stadium was crowded Wednesday night with Lents neighbors who had questions about the proposal and its funding as well as the stadium's possible impact on the Southeast Portland neighborhood. And, oh man, was it heated. Commissioner Randy Leonard was one of the first people to speak at the meeting convened ...   More
Thursday, May 21, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Paulson on Lents Neighbors: "That Straw Poll Is Worth a Whole Lot of Nothing."

At the end of last night's meeting of the Lents neighborhood association, residents took a straw poll by quickly raising their hands to indicate whether they supported building a new public-private baseball stadium in Lents Park. A neighborhood association rep also asked folks to indicate if they were undecided. Merritt Paulson, the owner of the Portland Beavers baseball team that wants to ...   More
Thursday, May 21, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Vegetarian And A Portland Baseball Fan? Good News For You

The media-hungry folks at People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals often strike out on the "scorecard of good taste" when it comes to their appetite for attention. But here's at least a single's worth of news: Portland's PGE Park ranks third in PETA's lineup of America's top-10 vegetarian-friendly minor league ballparks. Turns out PGE Park scores well for its offerings of Gardenburgers, ...   More
Thursday, June 4, 2009 HANK STERN


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