My neighborhood just got a welcome, new addition. A local community group recently built a raised planter / stormwater management cell in a parkway to help control runoff from a nearby parking lot. The cell incorporates broken concrete slabs to frame the planter and provides raised beds planted with vegetables and flowers. While the cell is definitely a small, primitive intervention compared to many of the well-publicized, pilot projects we see in Portland and beyond, the project underscores for me the power of simple, community-based efforts for reworking our urban landscapes in a more sustainable fashion. Something as simple as some concrete, small grade changes and soil can help reduce runoff and increase planting area along a street. Can't wait to see how well the cell works in a rain event, and the maturation of the plantings.