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Many people are discovering the
joys, and the benefits, of community, of active participation in the society
around us. Medical researchers are more and more discovering that
really good health depends on it. They also tell us that physical
and mental exercise are important, too. Not a saunter between the
greens with the golf bag in the back of the golf cart, or a straining at
the questions on "Do You Want to Become a Millionaire?". Hard
exercise. Right up to our current capacity — and then we must st
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Portland is outstanding in its
public-spirited livability. Portland promotes wellness. (And
wellness is a program at Portland's Oregon Health Sciences University,
where the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual facets of
life are nurtured.)
. . . a little further.
Encourage community. Promote wellness.
Walking (running and biking,
too) routes are suggested via the links to
the left. Download a map and route description. Discover a
bit of the history of the region.
The city has established seven
official urban trails in Southwest Portland.
Learn where they are and discover the fascinating, little-known pedestrian
advantages they reveal.
Many maps are muddled melanges
of inappropriate lines and confusing errors. Discover a source of
maps. (And join in the effort to cover the whole
city with accuracy in mapping.)
Portland has a remarkable Parks
system. The largest park within a city in the country. A rich
recreational and educational set of programs. An outstanding staff
of professionals, supported by a dedicated army of volunteers. Discover
some of the treasures by trying the "Scavenger Hunt."
Neighborhood Emergency Teams
are groups of neighbors trained by the Portland Bureau of Fire, Rescue
and Emergency Services to respond when major emergency overwhelms the city's
resources. Training is in hazards (especially earthquake), hazard
mitigation, fire suppression, disaster medicine, light search & rescue,
disaster psychology and response management, plus numerous specialized
topics covered in advanced training.
Neighborhood Watches are
neighborhoods organized to keep and eye on potential trouble and ready
for fast and effective response. This program is organized through
the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc (SWNI)
is one of Portland's neighborhood association coalitions. Learn more
about these groups by going to the Web-link map of Southwest Portland via
the "Southwest Neighborhoods" link.
What's the best way
you don't quite know where the emergency is?
the quicker you move the more likely your response works?
it's better if someone behaving badly doesn't know you're watching?
the crew on the ground can't see the way the fire is really moving?
you'll do better if your vision extends into the infrared?
FLIR (Forward-Looking InfraRed) camera!
And when your
budget requires the most cost effective system that does the job?
LOOK UP! There's
a lot of space up there, and it has direct routes to everywhere
HERE for some bird's eye views.