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Lynnette Fusilier, Connector-in-Chief
Lynnette Fusilier, Connector-in-Chief
Eager to get involved in my new neighborhood, I joined the Pearl District Neighborhood Association in 2002 and quickly found myself managing the email list. I began sending emails about the goings-on in the neighborhood, but some neighbors complained that there were just too many emails clogging up their inboxes. Undeterred, I started reading up on blogs and decided to start one so that people in the neighborhood could get the information they wanted, and skip what they didn’t.

In 2004, Neighborhood Notes was born.

The blog allowed me to expand beyond livability and land use topics covered by the neighborhood association. The attention the blog received—the questions and requests for even more information—showed me that my neighbors were really interested in connecting with local resources.

NN attracted attention outside the Pearl too. But many readers weren’t interested in the Pearl; they wanted me to expand my horizons. Shouts of “what about MY neighborhood?” started ringing out and the hate email started coming in. Yeah.

It became clear to me that people all over the city wanted to connect with resources in their neighborhoods, and they were really tired of reading about just the central city. And, it also occurred to me that having all of these resources in one place might lead to more info sharing between neighborhoods—after all, we're all in this together. Why reinvent the wheel when we can get the info we need from our neighbors?

Neighborhood Notes celebrates the people, places and things in all 95 neighborhoods, not just the central city, and strives to share resources that drive local prosperity—better neighborhoods plus better businesses equals a better city—for all citizens, now and in the future.

So, in 2008, I partnered with my boyfriend and photographer, Ken Aaron, to create a new NN site focused on local resources in Portland’s 95 neighborhoods and 40-plus business districts. And NN transformed from a labor of love into a full-time job.

Since then, we’ve worked hard to build meaningful relationships and connect Portland neighbors with the local resources they need to create the lives (and businesses) they want. And along the way, we created four nifty tools that make connection easy.

If you’re looking for a way to get connected in Portland, we hope you’ll consider connecting with us.

With local love,