One of Portland’s oldest neighborhood associations, the Downtown Neighborhood Association was formed in 1977 to improve the livability of the central city.

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Portland Downtown Neighborhood AssociationFriday, October 9th, 2015 at 9:32am
Eighty percent (80%) of downtown residents are renters. Justin Buri, the Executive Director of the Community Alliance of Tenants, gave a very accurate description of the problems facing renters today and called on the Portland City Council to show leadership on an issue they have largely ignored. It's well worth reading/watching his testimony.
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Portland Downtown Neighborhood AssociationTuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 4:41pm
Look at the changes in residential infill outlined in the Comp Plan for the next 20 years.
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Portland growth plan: Check to see how your neighborhood will change
The city is laying out its growth plan, including a map that shows you how it wants to guide growth where you live.
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Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association added 2 new photos.Saturday, September 26th, 2015 at 7:52am
Our Downtown Community Share Reuse Fair was a great success! Some lucky people walked away with a flatscreen tv, Kindles, new books, lamps, pots and pans, and other great stuff. Thanks to everyone who participated and to Portland State University's Sustainability Office, PSU ReUse Room, Neighbors West-Northwest, and the City of Portland's Bureau of Sustainability!
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Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association shared Portland Police Bureau's video.Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 9:12am
Lt. Ric DeLand was honored by the White House for his work with the Portland Police Foot Patrol, which is community policing at its very best. Kudos and congratulations, Lt. DeLand!
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Portland Police Bureau Lieutenant Honored at the White House for Relationship-Based Policing Work in Central Precinct.
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Portland Downtown Neighborhood AssociationWednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 9:09am
Commissioner Novick wants public input on how to raise $205 million/year for the next ten years that's critically needed to get Portland roads back into good condition. Please take the time to read through the explanations and proposals and let Commissioner Novick which options appeal to you most. For the record, the ideas most popular among Downtown NA members (and we agree that this is a necessity) include the following ideas. The starred ideas were the most popular:
*1. Surcharge on studded tires
*2. Weight-and-value-based vehicle registration fees
*3. A city gas tax
*4. Increased pricing for parking permits, parking meters, Smart park garages, and other parking fees
*5. A commuter payroll tax
6. Congestion pricing for vehicles entering the central city
7. A vehicle mile traveled program
8. A surcharge on surface parking lots in the central city
9. A tax on medium to large businesses who don't incentivize alternative transportation (based on the size of the business)
10. An employer matched progressive payroll tax on medium to high income workers.
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About the Downtown Neighborhood Association


Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association is: people who live, work, go to school, or own businesses in Downtown Portland. We work together and with the city of Portland to improve safety and livability, address transportation and land use issues, and build community. The a PDNA is one of the primary sources of public input for city bureaus and officials as they make decisions about Downtown development. Through position statements, public testimony, and participation in citizen advisory groups, the PDNA and its members weigh in on critical decisions that shape the future of life in Downtown Portland. If you’re interested in getting involved, come to a meeting, become a member, and join our mailing list.

Downtown History

First Congregational Church


Completed in 1875, the bell tower of the First Congregational Church at SW Park and SW Main stands 175 feet tall. It’s a landmark in Downtown, and its height made the the church the tallest building in Portland for 60 or so years. Designed by Swiss architect Henry J. Hefty to resemble the Old South Church in Boston, the church is one of a few examples of Venetian Gothic architecture in the U.S., and its stained glass windows were created by Povey Brothers Studio in 1906. The church’s bell is still rung by pulling a rope, and can be heard every Sunday throughout the South Park Blocks.