Old Newcomers in Lents

Cleaning up the neighborhood are, from front to back Robert Schultz, David Potts, Harvey Cardwell, Bethany Miller, Julie Whitmore (can't see her), standing next to husband Cliff Whitmore, Judy Low (in hooded jacket), Doug Morrow (just top of head) Sabina Urdes, Penny Wilson (red jacket), Dominque Lewis, Debbie Metzger (behind Dominque).

By David Potts

Long-time residents in Lents founded The Lents Neighborhood Livability Association (LNLA) in September 2017, from our desire to build a stronger sense of community and to improve livability through neighbors helping neighbors. We are a group of neighbors who have no formal affiliation with any government agency. Our mission is to serve, engage and inform neighbors in and around the Lents neighborhood area.

Our service to the neighborhood began over three years ago when Char Pennie, one of our founding members, began picking up trash along the streets in her immediate neighborhood. She recruited her husband, David Potts, in her ever-expanding radius of concern. Neighbors noticed, and in chatting with Char, discovered a common interest. A few became a group.

The LNLA continued to grow, and a transformation occurred as we met like-minded individuals like Robert Shultz of Lents Active Watch (LAW), and Robert Santangelo and the late Thomas Legg of Lents Neighbors for Justice (LNJ). Together, the groups cleaned the Springwater Trail during the height of one of the largest homeless encampments in the nation and got to know many of our homeless neighbors.  

Our activities include trash and needle collection on our streets, assisting residents with small repairs or cleanups and delivery of Christmas turkeys. Our goal is to engage you by sharing information, inviting you to meet with us, and involve you in neighborhood improvements in person instead of through computers. 

You don’t have to live in Lents to join the LNLA. We have meetings every second Thursday at 6:30 in the Chalet Room of KingPins Family Entertainment Center, and we would love to see you there. In the next couple of months we have City and County officials, ODOT and the legal and law enforcement system coming to answer questions and listen to our views. Please contact us if you have questions you would like us to forward to our speakers at LNLA2018@GMAIL.COM.

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