“DDI guidelines draw from the best of old Portland’s architecture to inspire the new. The booklet shows how modern design can pay homage to a neighborhood’s history by following existing window patterns and minimizing blank walls. Avoiding overly boxy building forms can make buildings feel more human scale.”
– “Mainstreet Style Design is Good for City.” SE Examiner, July 1, 2018 By Midge Pierce.
These design guidelines are not just for SE Division, but for all of Portland’s growing east side. It presents a common language for dialog between developers, owners, architects and neighbors to help shape the future of our Main Street corridors. Amazing job!
– Michael Molinaro, Architect, SEUL Board Member 2015-2017, Sunnyside Land Use co-chair 2014-2016
“What a great accomplishment! May it go far after such a long, inclusive, detailed and well-resourced journey by the intrepid few for the benefit of a whole community and its visitors! What an exciting stage to reach! Amazing crafting of a massive professional subject area so that all those involved can join in! ” – M.E. Andre, Retired Teacher
“The Division Design Guidelines is one of the most important documents to have come out of this community, precisely because it includes comments from a broad spectrum of the neighborhood, comments that were gathered painstakingly over a substantial period of time, and were generated within the neighborhood, without being imposed by a governmental body outside of the neighborhood. The fact that so many people made comments expressing their wishes for Division and their ideas about the project speaks to its intrinsic value to the neighborhood. It is my hope that the RNA board will continue to support the well-conceived and executed draft guidelines document of the Division Design Initiative.” – Bonnie Bray, former Richmond Neighborhood Association Board member of many years
“I am writing to express my support for the draft guidelines document and this very important community endeavor. This draft represents an enormous volume of outreach to and input from the broad community interested in the future of the Division streetscape. This document is not a mandate but rather shares the concerns that have been expressed repeatedly and consistently as the discussion evolved. To be fair, these concerns need to be heard broadly and considered alongside other important issues of affordable housing, homelessness, residential infill… While these issues are not separable, at the same time voices of concern should not be overlooked. Ultimately at the policy making stage there are tradeoffs and compromises. I hope that concerns of the community will be heard and not muted.” – Denise Hare, Economics Professor, RNA Board Member 2014-2016
“I would like to express my unqualified support for the Division Design Guidelines. Not only did a tremendous amount of professionally-minded work go into developing these Guidelines, they are born from experience that all Richmond Neighborhood residents have endured with some of the bad design and architecture (permitted without design review) we see on SE Division today. Guidelines for roof setbacks and other design elements will enhance the Richmond Neighborhood and SE Division more than the blockhouses that have been previously allowed. [Often] Developers build for profit and move on; the residents have to live with their work, for better or for worse. We must take a stand for good design. “ – Frank DiMarco, Photographer, Richmond Resident