Oregonian Editorial: New Westside Express Train Horn Noise Problematic

The brand new Westside Express commuter rail gets high marks–except for the unanticipated consequence of a huge increase in horn noise required by federal railroad rules…

A rude awakening for Tualatin, and for TriMet
by Editorial Board, The Oregonian
Monday February 16, 2009

The Westside Express Service is a welcome addition
to the region, but the noise problem can’t be shrugged off

In hindsight, Chris Barhyte wonders if they should have rented a freight train.

That sounds extreme, but Barhyte is a Tualatin city councilman. In the two weeks since the Westside Express Service started running, he’s been asking himself how the city could have fully anticipated — or simulated — the noise WES would inflict on the city. Continue reading Oregonian Editorial: New Westside Express Train Horn Noise Problematic

Will Southeast Precinct go bye bye?

As was discussed at the January Brooklyn Action Corps General Meeting, the City of Portland is moving forward with plans to restructure the Portland Police Bureau.  Of particular interest to Brooklyn residents and business owners, is the proposal to close Southeast Precinct.  This means that Brooklyn would be patrolled instead by officers working out of Central Precinct in Downtown. Continue reading Will Southeast Precinct go bye bye?

URGENT: MAX Light Rail Design Input Sought

A series of very important meetings will be held over the next couple of weeks in regards to the introduction of  MAX light rail and the future design of SE 16TH and a17TH Avenues in the Brooklyn Neighborhood.  Several new design changes are being suggested by TriMet and the City of Portland, and neighborhood input and comment is highly needed at this time. Continue reading URGENT: MAX Light Rail Design Input Sought

Final BAC Board Meeting of 2008 on Wednesday 12/10

Please join us this Wednesday, the 10th of December, for the final Brooklyn Board Meeting of 2008.  The meeting starts at 6:30 at the Loaves and Fishes Center located at the corner of SE Milwaukie Avenue and Center Street.  Items on the agenda include and update on the residential development at 3523 SE 13TH Avenue, growing concerns over traffic saftey, and an update on the Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail Project.

Construction of New Brooklyn Yard Retail Center Moves Forward

Construction is quickly moving forward on the new retail center known as “The Shops at Brooklyn Yard”.  Located near the McLoughlin/Holgate intersection, the complex will be anchored by a 43,000 square foot  24 Hour Fitness Sport Club, and will feature an additional 9,000 square feet of retail space.  This project featuers innovative modern architecture and is located at the former site of the Rose Manor Motel. Continue reading Construction of New Brooklyn Yard Retail Center Moves Forward

BAC Takes Stand Against Poorly Planned Infill

The BAC Board has voted unanimously to oppose a proposal to divide a parcel of land located at 3523 SE 13TH Avenue.

This was a difficult decision for our organization to make. Unlike many other neighborhoods in Inner Southeast Portland, the Brooklyn Action Board generally supports residential infill development. Increased residential density reduces suburban sprawl, revitalizes nearby commercial areas, and helps to provide much needed affordable housing. Continue reading BAC Takes Stand Against Poorly Planned Infill