The Oregon state geology department, formally known as DOGAMI, stocks earthquake maps for many parts of the state. The earthquake hazard map of the Mount Tabor Quadrangle includes Sumner neighborhood in NE Portland & its surrounding area.

Though the map is dated 1995, it does not include I-205, which was opened in 1976. And so this earthquake hazard map offers a glimpse into what our neighborhood looked like 35+ years ago.

Sumner neighborhood earthquake hazard map in NE Portland

Caption: Detail of a 1995 earthquake hazard map from the Oregon Dept of Geology

First the hazard details, then the historical details.

Hazard color code:
There are four shades in the map from pale yellow to deep red. They indicate relatively low hazard risk (pale yellow) to relatively high hazard risk (deep red). Most of the residential area of Sumner neighborhood is in the lowest hazard area, but some is in the next shade up. The industrial area and the north face of Rocky Butte are shown as the highest risk areas.

We’ll have another item about earthquake and neighborhood preparedness soon. In the meantime, here are a couple resources:

Historical items:
Because the map does not include I-205, it instead shows what used to be in that space. Besides the missing freeway, another important item should be noted: This area — pretty much anything east of NE 82nd Ave — was unincorporated Multnomah County until the 1980s or 1990s. With those two important changes in mind, here’s an short list of items on the map but no more:

  • Sandy Boulevard Drive In. This is shown on the north side of Sandy Blvd, where the SAN lot is now. The map even shows the placement of the screen in the NW corner of the property. A search of the Oregonian database shows that the drive-in held sunrise Easter Sunday services for about 25 years.
  • Parkrose School. The current Helensview School, located on NE 87th at NE Sumner, operated as Sumner Elementary for many years, but is shown on this map as “Parkrose School.” (Prescott Elementary, at the intersection of Prescott and 105th, retains the same name today, but the Parkrose Junior High School is shown nearby as a collection of small buildings.)
  • Sand and Gravel Pit. West of NE 82nd, the current Thomas Cully Park property is shown as a gravel pit. Local urban legend says that property was a landfill back in the day.

For comparison, here is the same area on a 1963 Texaco map. It shows Maywood Park — but not a tiny town surrounded by Portland. No. It was an actual park on the east side of NE 92nd between Sandy and Prescott. It’s now a fenced-off mound of grass owned by ODOT within the boundaries of the City of Maywood Park.

Sumner neighborhood - Retro Gas Station Map

Sumner neighborhood - Retro Gas Station Ad

The newsletter for winter 2013 (750 KB PDF) for Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

Sumner newsletter for winter 2013 This issue began delivery this weekend. Thanks to Patricia who masterminded the vastly improved design & who suggested we give the newsletter a real name.

Thanks also to our many intrepid neighbors who volunteered to deliver the newsletter to your very door handle: Marcy, Janet, Cyril, Henry, Karen, Katherine, Colin, Tish, Molly, Erica, Heather, Katana, Jay, Emily, Cindy, Ronda, Jacob and Joan (the newsletter delivery ringleader)!

Items in this issue include:

  • Grand opening the Helensview Community Garden on Saturday, March 9
  • Finalizing our neighborhood plan at our Tues, Feb 19 meeting
  • Calendar of events through April, including litter patrols and stewardship at Johnson Lake on Saturday, April 6.
  • Notes from October and November meetings
  • A full 2013 calendar (PDF) as an insert
  • And much more!

Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in Northeast Portland gets a variety of email from civic organizations (plus countless others offering medical remedies or seeking wire transfer assistance). Here is a selection of upcoming — and free — topics that neighbors in Sumner might be interested in.

Item #1: Open house > I-205/Airport Way interchange


Civic group: ODOT
Dates: Tuessday afternoon, Jan 29, 4:30 TO 6:30 PM
Location: Residence Inn Portland Airport, 9301 NE Cascades Parkway
More info: Aiport Way interchange project

Construction will begin this spring on the Interstate 205/Airport Way interchange project. A major feature of the project will be a new free-flowing right-turn ramp from westbound Airport Way to northbound I-205. Eastbound drivers turning left onto northbound I-205 will have two turn lanes and will no longer have to share the traffic signal with westbound drivers heading for northbound I-205.

Item #2: Town Hall with our new State Rep and State Senator


Who: House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senator Chip Shields
Date: Saturday morning, Feb 2, at 10 AM
Location: Classic Foods, 817 NE Madrona St. (map)
About: Redistricting in 2011 moved most of Sumner neighborhood into House District 44, represented by Kotek, and Senate District 22, represented by Shields.

Item #3: Columbia River Crossing project: Its impact on I-205 & Sandy Blvd


Civic group: Columbia River Crossing presenting at the Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) land use & transportation meeting
Dates: Monday evening, February 4, 7 PM
Location: CNN office, 4415 NE 87th Ave
More info:

Presentation by Anne Pressentin of CRC on the upcoming tolls on the I-5 bridge and expected traffic diversion to
I-205 via Sandy Boulevard. Also, a preview by Sharon White of PBOT of the Sandy Blvd Crash Corridor open house on ednesday, March 6.

Item #4: How to Be an Agent of Change in Your Circle of Influence


Civic group: Center for Earth Leadership
Dates: Six Wednesday evenings, starting Feb 20
Contact: 503-227-2315 or emily@earthleaders.org

Our upcoming no-cost “Agent of Change” training is ideal for those interested in building community in their neighborhood. Many past participants envision changes within their immediate neighborhoods to increase neighbor connections and livability qualities to create a more place-based community. This training provides a tested framework, tools, and assistance with creating a plan, all with support and in consultation with other active Portlanders.

Item #5: Eastside Forum Project: Interactive Theatre and Community Building Training for 82nd Ave Neighbors


Dates: March 9-10, 2013
Civic group: Living Stages
Contact: tamara@livingstages.org

Community participants will receive training in community-building, leadership, and interactive theatre while developing a series of short interactive plays based on their own experiences of the challenges and possibilities of living, working, accessing services along 82nd Avenue. No theatre experience is necessary! The training will be offered free to members of the community along 82nd Avenue.

From Sharon White at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT):

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau sent a notice to the general public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for tomorrow, January 23, to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and traffic law.

The enforcement action takes place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the marked crossing of NE Sandy Boulevard at NE 85th Avenue.

A crosswalk enforcement action includes a pedestrian decoy positioned at marked or unmarked crosswalks. Drivers that fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians that jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

2013 is the year PBOT focuses on Sandy Blvd as part of its High Crash Corridor program. This crosswalk enforcement is one example. PBOT is hosting an open house on Wednesday, March 6 in Hollywood to gather public input.

Sharon White of PBOT and Shelli Romero of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will attend SAN’s neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, March 19 to talk about Sandy Blvd and the High Crash Corridor program. That meeting begins at 7 PM at the Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) office, 4415 NE 87th (map).

Sandy Blvd has been the subject of Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) interest here in NE Portland. Last year, PBOT installed sidewalks on the south side of Sandy Blvd from NE 85th to the I-205 overpass at SAN’s request. The north side of Sandy is scheduled to have sidewalks installed this summer.

Likewise, the East Portland in Motion (EPIM) plan earmarks a crosswalk on NE Sandy at NE 91st, though it does not promise funding. That location has tragically been the site of two pedestrian fatalities, one in August 2009 and one in May 2011.

So crosswalk enforcement is valuable exercise. Thanks to PBOT and PPB for helping to make Sandy Blvd safer for pedestrians!

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