This weekend

Summers in Portland are short and packed full of awesome events. Here are a few of the happenings in Kerns this weekend.

Here are a few photographs from last week’s First Friday PDX art walk. All the photos are from AFRU Gallery, besides the one in the lower right, which is from Cosube.

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KBOO has been a Portland institution for 50 years, and is celebrating that legacy this weekend. It’s a broad range of music… including hip hop, reggae, blues, jam, and indie rock.

SE 8th Ave between Ankeny & Ash * noon – 10 pm * free 

SUNDAY

Rontoms Sunday Session is: Ah God • Blackwater Holylight • Help

Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St * 8 pm – 11 pm * free

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This is a short post because we’re still learning the neighborhood, but there are multiple awesome places in Kerns to gather, eat, and enjoy art and music.

Much love, enjoy your weekend!

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How Portland tracks crime data— and how it doesn’t serve Kerns

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It’s an odd slice of territory and an odd system, but the neighborhood system is how the City sees and communicates with its neighbors.

It’s the only way to track crime data (beyond citizen reports and unsubstantiated 911 calls), it’s the way the City communicates with neighbors about developments.

Though it doesn’t have much official power and is in flux, the neighborhood associations like the Kerns Neighborhood Association are another layer of government and a way to connect with other neighbors who care about making their neighborhood a better place.

Many think it’s a flawed system— and often it’s a forum for intense conflict— but right now it’s what we have. We’ve been reporting on these issues in East Portland for two years, and are pleased to expand into inner Southeast.

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