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Tee shirt … Inventory clearance sale.

Brooklyn 97202We have a limited supply of X-Large t-shirts to be sold below cost to eliminate our inventory.  While they last … the price is $10.00. This may be the only time these Tees can be purchased at this price. Call the HelpLine to reserve yours at 503/241-4540.  This price is for the XL shirts only.

Standard Website price is $33.99

A Tree Falls in Brooklyn

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A large tree succumbed to the severe weather we have been experiencing the last few weeks. The tree was uprooted and is shown here resting on the fence that provided the backstop for the ball field at the Brooklyn School park. This tree stood for many years at the corner of SE 16th Ave and SE Center and provided a backdrop for the annual Neighborhood Clean-up.

Brooklyn Resources

Municipal Services

Resource Phone Number Link
Emergency 911
Environmental Health (503) 988-3400 Website
Fire Department – Info (503) 823-3700 Website
Police Non-Emergency (503) 823-3333 Website
Brock Nelson, Union Pacific Public Affairs (503) 249-3079 Email
Railroad Quiet Zone Rules PDF Doc
Street Light Out (503) 823-5216 Website
Traffic Signals Not Working (503) 823-1700 Website
Water Main Breaks (503) 823-4874 Website
Abandoned Cars (503) 823-7309 Website
Graffiti Removal (503) 823-4824 Website
Noise Control (503) 823-7350 Website
Pothole Hotline (503) 823-2867 Website
Sidewalk Repair (503) 823-1711 Website
Weeds, Trash, etc (503) 823-7306 Website
Report illegal dumping (503) 234-3000 Website
Parks Information (503) 823-PLAY Website
Portland Bike Map PDF Doc
Powell Blvd Streetscape Plan Website
Business Licenses (503) 823-5157 Website
County Chair (503) 988-3308 Website
Mayor’s Office (503) 823-4120 Website

Brooklyn Resources

Resource Phone Number Link
Brooklyn Action Corps Bylaws PDF Doc
JOIN (503) 232-2031 Website
Land Use Proposals (503) 988-3043 Website
Milwaukie Ave. Main Street Plan PDF Doc
Neighborhood Crime Mapper Website


Resource Phone Number Link
1870 Portland Lithograph Website
1890 Portland Lithograph Website
Brooklyn Neighborhood Banners Website

Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Historical Society

Statement of Purpose

The mission of the Brooklyn Historical Society is to preserve and promote the historic heritage of the Brooklyn Neighborhood.

Our mandate is:

  • Protecting Brooklyn’s historic character
  • Preserving the stories of Brooklyn and it’s built environment
  • Collecting, exhibiting, and conserving artifacts and archival materials relating to Brooklyn
  • Educating the residents of Brooklyn and the larger community on Brooklyn’s history
  • Promoting a sense of community through a shared historic identity

Our Current Objectives are:

  • Gaining recognition as a national historic district
  • Documenting the history of the Brooklyn Neighborhood
  • Collecting and making available the oral histories of the Brooklyn Neighborhood
  • Increasing membership in the Brooklyn Historical Society

The Brooklyn Historical Society is a group of mostly Brooklyn residents who are interested in the history of the Brooklyn neighborhood, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Portland. The group was started with the assistance and guidance of REACH Community Development as part of their Milwaukie Action Plan initiative.

Anyone with an interest in the history of Brooklyn is invited to join the BHS simply by attending meetings. We are in the process of applying for 501(c3) non-profit status, but we won’t let that change our informal style.

We maintain an archive of historic materials, including maps, photographs, oral interview audio and video tapes, in depth property and area research reports and other documentation. Contributions to the Brooklyn archives are always welcome – duplication can be arranged.

For more information please contact the Brooklyn Historical Society via:

Phone: (971) 222-9454
Mail: PO Box 42341, Portland, OR 97242

Historic District Project

The BHS is dedicated to pursuing the discovery, documentation, and preservation of Brooklyn’s history. Specifically, we are presently working on nomination of the Brooklyn neighborhood for Historic District status. We have substantially completed the initial phase of the Historic District nomination process, that of performing a property-by-property survey of all businesses and residences in the target area. As of the beginning of 2004 we have filled out survey forms on nearly 900 properties, and have them all entered into a database. We are now working on photographing each property to complete the survey forms.

Brooklyn Roundhouse

Of particular interest to the Society is preservation of the Brooklyn Roundhouse. Brooklyn Yard, the northern terminus of Southern Pacific tracks in Oregon, has played a central role in Brooklyn’s history. The Roundhouse with its operating turntable, was one of very few remaining on the west coast. It was designed to accommodate the steam locomotives that represented the golden age of steam railroading. When Union Pacific expanded their operations at Brooklyn Yard, the roundhouse and turntable were disassembled and stored by the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. The massive steam locomotives, the SP&S #700, the SP #4449 and the OR&C #197 that once were in the roundhouse, were moved also and they can be viewed at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, 2250 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR  97202.

About The BAC

Brooklyn Action Corps

The Brooklyn Action Corps is a neighborhood organization whose purpose is to better the community by working together toward the solution of its social, physical, and economic problems. The Board is active in all that affects the greater good of the Neighborhood.

The BAC is responsible for two types of meetings: Board Meetings and General Membership Meetings. Board Meetings are held every month; General Meetings are scheduled six times a year.

All members of the community are invited to join the BAC and serve as a volunteer board member. Board membership requires a commitment of 2 to 3 hours per month.

Brooklyn Action Corps
Brooklyn Helpline: (971) 222-9454
PO Box 42341
Portland, OR 97242

Meeting Information

Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday every month at Sacred Heart Villa Community Room (3911 SE Milwaukie Ave)  starting at 7:00 PM. Board meetings are open to the public.

General (Public) Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday on odd-numbered months at Sacred Heart Villa Community Room (3911 SE Milwaukie Ave) starting at 7:00 PM.

Land Use & Transportation Committee Meetings are typically held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM. On some occasions, the date is adjusted to better align with Southeast Uplift’s Land Use & Transportation Committee meetings (typically held on the 3rd Monday of the month).  Meetings are often held at Rose City Coffee (3370 SE Milwaukie Ave), though the location sometimes changes.  Please check the calendar or Land Use & Transportation page for details.

Current Board of Directors

  • Guy Berliner–Chair, Southeast Uplift Liaison
  • Cheryl Crowe–Board Member
  • Melaney Dittler–Board Member, Greater Brooklyn Business Association Liaison, and Land Use & Transportation Committee member
  • Mike Erwin–Secretary
  • Josh Hetrick–Vice Chair, Land Use & Transportation Committee Chair
  • Joanna Jenkins–Board Member
  • Michael O’Connor–Board Member
  • Don Stephens–Treasurer, Historical Society Liaison, and Land Use & Transportation Committee member
  • David Ward–Board Member

Neighborhood Newsletter

  • Marie Phillippi–Newsletter Editor