Engaging the Division community around their vision for the future growth and development of Division is a key goal of the Division Design Initiative. The following events are intended to gather community input to help inform efforts of the new Division Design Committee and help support our research, key projects and future design recommendations. Please join us and lend your voice to the conversation!

Monthly Division Design Committee Meetings – Dates vary. We typically meet at SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main Street, upstairs in the Fireside Room 6:30-8:30 pm. Public is invited and encouraged to attend. Email to sign up to receive updates on upcoming meetings.


Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing at City Council – November 19th, December 3rd, December 10th – come and give testimony to have your voice heard! Want help knowing how to craft your testimony? Read our Top Ten Policy Recommendations for the City of Portland.

Design Open House – Stay Tuned!


PARK(ing) Day 2015 – PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform parking spots into temporary public parks. Always the third Friday in September. Learn more at www.parkingday.orgThis was our first time doing a (PARK)ing Day event and we were thrilled to host this event on Division.  View a fun video courtesy of Julia Drachman.

The Division Design Initiative partnered (DDI) with Architecture for Humanity (AFH) to take over three parking spaces near Roman Candle Bakery near 34th Avenue. We created an outdoor lounge with persian rugs, cafe tables, and shade structures; created an interactive art zone, and a Vision Tree with several of our “Envision Division” suggestion boxes, and created a traffic barrier handcrafted by AFH volunteers from old cupboard doors found at the rebuilding center. There were live musicians, a fouzball table, kids, dogs, ice cream and a dynamic community dialogue. AFH also has a program called “What do you see?” and it was a perfect vantage spot to visualize ideas for what could happen at the Sen Yai parking area someday…We gave away free food in support of many wonderful local Division businesses. It was a great event, where we were able to support many different community visions to coexist and foster community input about how we might advance more public gathering space on Division.

Office of Neighborhood Involvement Community Summit – February 28th – WORKSHOP: “Managing Neighborhood Growth & Change: Strategies & Tools for Influencing Neighborhood Design and Facilitating Greater Community Input” Portland is experiencing unprecedented growth and development that is rapidly impacting the density, form and character of existing neighborhoods.  As we grapple with how to accommodate new development into existing communities, many neighborhoods are using creative strategies and tools to influence the form and design of new development. Hear from Neighborhood Association representatives how they are creating their own residential and commercial design guidelines to articulate community design priorities and preferences for new development. Join us to learn about these tools and other creative strategies you can use to facilitate greater input and community involvement in shaping your neighborhood.

Envision Division Suggestion Box Art Installations – Fall/Winter 2014-  Share your input on your vision for Division!

Design/Build Workshop -Build your own Suggestion Box/Birdhouse or help with the series of art installations we are doing! August 23rd, 1:00pm – 4:00 pm, Workshop Flyer & Spec Sheet

Division-Clinton Street Fair Mapping Booth – July 29th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mapping of key sites and Special buildings and places on Division, give input via suggestion cards as part of our art and input project!

Division Walking Tour & Happy Hour @ St. Honore – May 29th, 5:30 pm Division-Walking-Tour-Flyer-REV4
RSVP at: 

Download the flyer: Division-Walking-Tour-Flyer-REV4

Self Guided Tour: Starting at Piccolo Park at 5:30 pm, loop by the Clinton Theater commercial node and walk east up Divisionfrom 26th up to 39th. Use a design and planning lense for Division’s “main street” as you walk along, consider the context and design features of new multifamily and commercial development projects recently constructed, as well as existing buildings that have been retrofitted for new uses. Think about what you feel is working and what’s not and what your preferences are for future infill development along the corridor. take the survey if you want to give feedback on  future zoning, design and long-range plans. 

Division Clinton Street Fair – July 26, 2014
We’ll have a Division Design Initiative booth with information on how to get involved as well as aerial maps of Division for visitors to notate with ideas for how they might like to see Division grow. Architecture for Humanity will also be on hand to share their new “Re:Envision Division” artistic idea/suggestion boxes planned to be installed along Division during the month of August to engage the community in creative ways about their goals and visions for the future of Division.

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