Sullivan’s Gulch is the neighborhood in Northeast Portland between I-84 ("the gulch") and NE Broadway St. and from NE 15th to 33rd Ave. We're named after Timothy Sullivan, an early farmer in the area, who settled his donation land claim on January 27, 1851. The Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association works to make our neighborhood more livable through various committees, information and referral. Meetings are open to all.
Upcoming SGNA Activities
You are welcome to attend all neighborhood meetings. The beginning of every meeting starts with a public comment period. Please let us know your ideas and concerns about the neighborhood or email us here.
SGNA Land Use & Transportation Committee Meeting
Cancelled for September. Next scheduled meeting is October 6 at 6:00 pm via Zoom or telephone.
SGNA Board Meeting
Cancelled for September. Next scheduled meeting is October 6 at 7:30 pm via Zoom or telephone
SGNA General Membership Meeting
Date to be announced late summer. This meeting is when we elect new Board members for the year. Consider joining us.
Neighborhood Clean up & Recycling Event
Postponed until Fall (we hope). Watch for announcement.
Neighbor to Neighbor can help make the Gulch a little safer and more neighborly
Would you like to get better acquainted with your neighbors?
Would you like to make your block a little safer?
The SGNA Neighbor to Neighbor program organizes a volunteer on each block to contact everyone else on their block to collect names and phone numbers. Then the coordinator shares the information back with everyone who agrees to participate. If you need help with something or if you are able to help, just tell the Block Coordinator and they will make a connection with someone willing to help. Or neighbors can organize with each other directly with their block phone list. There’s no big database, the information stays with the block coordinator. (Of course, we understand that not everyone will want to share their phone number or want to participate. That’s fine; it’s completely voluntary.)
If you'd like to be a Block Coordinator, we’ll provide you with introductory letters and survey form, and a form to record and share the results with your neighbors. Use the map below to identify the block or area you’d like to handle.
Here's a more complete description of what Block Coordinators do.
Here’s the sample invitation and survey form:
Here's a form to keep track of your neighbors' contact information.
If you’re ready to meet your neighbors or want to learn more, contact:
Dave Brook, SGNA Board Chair
A North-South Bus on 20th-21st?
Trimet provides really good transit service to Sullivan’s Gulch. It’s easy to get downtown, NW Portland, Hollywood and beyond. And we’ve got several lines that go north to Alberta, Woodlawn Concordia, as well as along 11th & 12th to Sellwood.
One area that’s hard to get to on public transportation is due south on 21st/20th Ave. Imagine being able to take a bus to Revolution Hall, get to Cleveland High School (the neighborhood high school for Gulch students) without changing, eat at Castagna on Hawthorne or even go to a concert (or class) at Reed College? That’s the possibility sketched out by Trimet — a new north-south bus line on 20th-21st — Line Y.
Recently SGNA Land Use Chair, DJ Heffernan, and I met with the head of Trimet Service Planning to learn more about what it would take to make Line Y a reality. We were told that even with all the expansion and improvements that Trimet is currently implementing it appears promising that Line Y could happen in the 5+ year time frame. But we were cautioned that there are some competing interests for the estimated $4 million it would take to operate Line Y. This includes the possible conversion to electric buses or making all of Trimet free! Since Trimet is a public agency they have an open process in setting the priorities each year. It’s guided by a Citizens Advisory Committee and, ultimately, the Trimet Board of Directors.
If you think it’s a good idea, what next? Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood will be contacting neighborhood associations along the route to alert them to the possibility of N-S bus service on 20th-21st and work together to rally support to move it up Trimet's priority list for future investments. But it’s going to take regular attendance at the Citizens Advisory Committee and later Board meeting to move the project along. We’ll post new information as we get it. If you want to help out, get in touch with Dave or DJ directly or via the Contact box on this page.
Current bus routes map
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