On the floor at Clark County Adventist Community Services arrows direct clients which way to go. Stay in this lane to get used clothing. This way to pick out food from the pantry. The worn out arrows are a way to try to create some order in the social service facility that gets hopping the two days of the week that it’s open, Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Fourth of July is always a busy day for emergency responders. Fireworks complaints and fires of varying significance are mainstays for the holiday, but this year was different due to the blanket ban on fireworks in Vancouver city limits.
When Jamie Ivers told people he got a job at The Arc of Southwest Washington, they assumed he worked at a thrift store. No, he’d say, and explain how he works with adults who have developmental and intellectual disabilities.
After Dmitriy Manzhura spent about a decade building houses and accessory dwelling units in Seattle, his cousin Ed Gavrish told him Vancouver needed more rentals. So, Manzhura bought a lot on Washington Street in the Carter Park neighborhood that used to be part of the parking lot at First Baptist Church.
On a sunny Monday afternoon, Joanne Quinn was tilling and reseeding her front lawn in the Hough neighborhood. When she decided to have an accessory dwelling unit built she didn’t know contractors would have to dig a trench in the yard to lay a new water pipe. The ADU, which is stacked on top of a garage behind her house, also couldn’t be connected to overhead power lines. Putting in an underground transformer required an easement.
Researchers and students at Portland State University are tackling different sides of Portland’s housing crisis and the ways ADUs could be part of the solution. The university will host a mini-conference in the fall, “Build Small Live Large.”