Friendly Streets is a 501 (c) (3) Portland, Oregon based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting livability and people friendly environments on all streets throughout Portland’s 95 neighborhoods. Working in partnership with local residents, business establishments, public and private agencies, local officials, utility companies and others, our goal is to foster and assure safe, attractive, pedestrian friendly and well maintained vibrant urban neighborhoods while also helping to educate the public through research studies, forums, conferences and work groups.
Every neighborhood possesses its own unique characteristics, dreams and realities. The experience of each community is guided by numerous elements and details. The needs, resources and character of neighborhoods are influenced by many factors including schools, parks, sidewalks, traffic, transit services, local businesses, residential demographics, security, law enforcement and social and medical services.
Regardless of its composition and character, a host of entities and people are responsible for developing and maintaining successfully functioning neighborhoods. Public agencies, residents and businesses expend a good deal of effort to coordinate and communicate with the many participants for the greater good of the neighborhood, but the multitude of responsibilities and jurisdictions often become confusing and unwieldy. Friendly Streets’ role is to stimulate, facilitate and nurture the coordination of efforts among the many stakeholders in the building of livable communities.
Board of Directors
Jan Valentine, President
Marcia Dennis, Vice President
Kay Dannen, Treasurer
Stanley Penkin, Secretary
Bill Bagnall, Board MemberJudy Bradley, Board Member
Michael Hall, Board Member
David L. Mitchell, Board Member
Carol Otis, Board Member
Bill Allen, President Emeritus