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demolitionThe city’s Comprehensive Plan has lofty aspirations and trumpets neighborhoods — but the zoning code and aggressive changes now under discussion appear headed to produce ill effects. They fail to protect the unique places and neighborhoods that attract and retain residents of all ages and incomes. They seem likely to encourage:

  • Speculative demolition and infill
  • Erosion of a sense of place and history
  • “Mansion-ization” and reduced affordability
  • Reduction of diversity of house size and age
  • Incompatible architectural scale and massing
  • Reduced green space and landscaping
  • Increased impervious surfaces
  • Destruction of the urban tree canopy

homeofdreamsEastmoreland should consider joining other neighborhoods that have chosen to protect historic resources and guide development. Yes, change happens, but if we work together we can change for the better and protect what we love:

  • A garden setting emphasizing continuity along the street and between front and side yards
  • Garages and driveways visually minimized from the sidewalk
  • A pattern of large, deciduous street trees
  • Historically significant architectural patterns and scales
  • Houses with a variety of sizes and prices consistent with neighborhood characteristics and context

Historic district recognition is intended not to arrest change, but to set clear guidelines for remodels and replacements that engage neighbors in advance and respect the architecture and setting of neighboring houses. If successful Eastmoreland will join Irvington (Historic District Overview), Ladds Addition, King’s Hill, Alphabet District and the other historic districts in our city Portland’s Historic and Conservation Districts | Historic Resources and Preservation | The City of Portland, Oregon.