Addressing the Gap

I looked at the date of my last blog post and realize it was 8 months ago.  That’s a long time by anyone’s reckoning, and certainly far too long between blog posts.

So why the big gap?  Well, the short answer is that I’ve just been too busy to blog.  Since last July, the local Village movement has absolutely exploded.  In July 2013, there were only two spoke Villages in development: Eastside Village PDX on the east side of Portland and Village Without Walls out in Washington County.  Now, 8 months later, there are SIX (6) spoke Villages in development: Eastside Village, Village Without Walls, RISE Village (11 neighborhoods south of Powell), Northeast Village PDX (multiple neighborhoods north of I-84), Viva Village! (serving Beaverton and beyond), and  an as-yet-unnamed Village in Lake Oswego.

We are also doing lots of presentations in North Portland and in the South Portland/Multnomah Village/John’s Landing area, and it seems likely that, before summer, two more spoke Villages will have gotten under way.

All of this is great and exactly what we wanted to have happen when we created Villages NW to serve as the catalyst, incubator, and hub for Villages across the metro-area. But to say it is time consuming to be midwifing EIGHT Villages would be an understatement of epic proportions.

In order to make sure another 8 months doesn’t pass before my next blog post, I have decided to open up my blog to some of the other local Village founders, so they can do some of the writing.   So stay tuned for some new voices on this blog in the days/weeks to come.

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2 thoughts on “Addressing the Gap

  1. Things are bursting at the seams, it seems. Nothing in the inner SW area? West Hills? Even the “wealthiest” areas have a need for a Village!

    • We couldn’t agree more. But Villages are grassroots efforts, which start when residents of an area decide they want to have a Village to serve their neighborhoods. For example, several months ago someone from North Portland came to a Village 101 presentation, after which she contacted Villages NW about getting a Village going in North Portland. She agreed to serve as the coordinator for the North Portland Village effort and began to identify and book venues for Village 101 presentations in that area, invited friends and neighbors to attend, passed out fliers and sent press releases to the local papers. Villages NW also publicized the fact that North Portland is trying to coalesce a planning group in our monthly e-newsletters and we have done 3 Village 101 presentations in that area so far. We think that by the end of April there will be enough local North Portland residents informed and interested to pull together a North Portland planning group, who will name the Village, set its boundaries and begin to move through the Village development sequence with Villages NW’s coaching and support. The same sort of thing is happening in the South Portland/Multnomah Village/John’s Landing area and they will soon be having their first planning group meeting at the home of a local resident.

      If you would like to have a Village in your area, would you be able to host a Village 101 presentation in your home for a small group of friends and neighbors? If so, it’s a great way to get this going. Of course, if you haven’t been to a Village 101 yourself, please do so. You’ll find a complete list of upcoming 101s on the VillagesNW.org site.

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