Re: Faith, private, foundation and non-profit efforts are moving forward.
Peter Finley Fry
I understand the frustration driven by crisis.
The City is not one perfect and focused entity. It is composed of us and we need to take responsibility for it. The Planning Bureau’s work was evolutionary and updated our “TREATY” – THE ZONING CODE. This is what is used to enable us to live together. An alternative is the 720 acre approximately 65,000 person refugee village in Syria that is self governed by the strong and loud. This is resulting in the death of women and children.
I know it seems that it can not happen here.
We live together by a rule of common law. Our institutions are evolving to address the very different situations that faces us as people are fleeing to our land.
The evolution is occurring both in the area of human settlement patterns as evidenced by the emerging concepts of communal living – the village. Not a new concept.
And in the institutions that help people who require assistance for what ever personal reason. The outdoor shelter system allows a way to bring people together to aid those who are suffering. This is not a all the same as a village system of permanent habitation.
These two efforts are being confused.
My concern is that this new outdoor shelter system to provide for the poor and weak is being shoved aside by the agendas of others.
Again, I appreciate how valuable this forum is and thank you for creating and maintaining it.
Peter Finley Fry AICP PhD MUP
Land Use Planning
303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B
Portland, Oregon 97210
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Subject: [pdxshelterforum] Faith, private, foundation and non-profit efforts are moving forward.
In my opinion Commissioners Ryan and Meieran are working thoughtfully and willfully to encourage development of alternative shelters. Both have accelerated and deepened the resources available for these endeavors.
This will not be enough.
Agape Village and now Beacon Village continue to evolve without government leadership. I hope our local foundations and private donors will embrace these current efforts and support development of more projects that bring together diverse groups of housed and unhoused Portlanders. After all, it takes a village.
Please let me know if you’d like to get involved.
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