Max_Pioneer_CrtHsSqrOne of Portland’s oldest neighborhood associations, the DNA was formed in 1977 to improve the livability of the central city.

Among other activities, the Downtown Neighborhood Association:

  • Organizes public meetings, forums, and discussions on issues that affect the quality of life in downtown Portland
  • Adopts positions on topics of community concern, using a variety of strategies to advocate for those positions
  • Sends representatives to city bureaus and planning groups that deal with parks, transportation, development, urban renewal, housing, homelessness, and other significant public issues
  • Coordinates social gatherings, such as ice cream socials, group rummage sales, picnics, and concerts in the park

Membership is free and open to anyone who lives, works, owns property, or attends school downtown. The DNA’s boundaries correspond roughly to the I-405 freeway, the Willamette River, SW Stark Street, and W Burnside Street.