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HUD has tried to paint a picture nationwide that they are out there providing all the money and tools and administrative context, and the local agencies just aren’t getting it done.That’s sort of the perception they’ll try to sell to you, and I don’t think that’s accurate.

Richmond CA Mayor Tom Butt, San Francisco Chronicle

Archive for Portland

August 20, 2017
August 15, 2017
‘Granny Pods’ Help Keep Portland Affordable
National Public Radio

With a lot of cities looking for solutions to rising housing prices, the idea of making it easier for homeowners to add small second units in their backyards and garages is gaining traction.

August 8, 2017
Portland Picks First Black Woman to Be Next Police Chief
Governing Magazine

Danielle Outlaw, a 19-year veteran of the Oakland Police Department who started as a police explorer when she was in high school, will serve as Portland’s next chief, only the third outsider named to lead the Police Bureau.

July 23, 2017
Portland To Set Lower Bike Mode Share Target
Bike Portland

For eight years one of the strongest organizing principles for Portland bike advocates has been the stated goal of having 25 percent of commute trips made by bike by the year 2030. Now, the City wants to decrease the bike commute mode share target to just 15 percent.

July 20, 2017
July 17, 2017
July 12, 2017
July 7, 2017
July 5, 2017
June 29, 2017
Portland Fending Off Two Highway Widening Projects
Streetsblog U.S.A.

In Portland, two road expansions with a combined pricetag of $1B seemed to be on the fast track for funding this year, with transit agency boss Neil McFarlane and city DOT chief Leah Treat lining up behind them. But it looks like the highway expansions are toast, at least for now.

June 20, 2017
Portland’s Newest, Smallest Street is Also Carfree
Bike Portland

To improve circulation of vehicle traffic through a very fast-growing part of the central city, the Portland Bureau of Transportation decided to expand the road network. With two new lanes, people can now travel on a new road between NE 3rd Avenue and Couch Street.

June 19, 2017
June 18, 2017
June 6, 2017
Portland’s Timber High Rise Gets Construction Permit
The Oregonian

An 11-story timber high-rise planned in Portland’s Pearl District has been approved for construction, its developers said Tuesday, a milestone for wood technology that could allow for even taller timber buildings.

June 1, 2017
New Riverwalk Envisioned For Oregon’s Willamette Falls
ArchDaily

Snøhetta has unveiled plans for a new riverwalk masterplan located alongside Oregon’s Willamette Falls – the second largest waterfall by volume in North America – that will open up the attraction to public access for the first time in over 150 years.

May 30, 2017
May 18, 2017
May 11, 2017
Portland, Detroit To Bring Disability-Friendly Bike Share
Streetsblog U.S.A.

Riding a bicycle is too often thought of as an activity that’s off-limits for many disabled people. But that’s starting to change, thanks to a yearlong effort in Portland that’s the first of its kind in the United States.

May 10, 2017
Portland Mayor: Parking vs. Housing Debate Is Over
Bike Portland

Convenient parking is a problem in parts of Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler conceded last week. But it’s a smaller problem than housing — and Wheeler says that when the two come in conflict, housing must be the priority.

May 3, 2017
How Robert Moses Shaped Portland, Too
The Oregonian

Moses’ vision for Portland was more or less the same one he had for New York: an industrial metropolis developed around massive highways, with residents thrown into shadow underneath the throughways or, better yet, pushed out to the city’s periphery.

May 2, 2017
Portland Approves Plan To Harness Energy From Sewage
Slash Gear

The news was announced on the heels of Earth Day, and comes at a time when cities — despite certain presidential administration issues — are working to reduce their pollution levels and increase their usage of renewable and ‘green’ energy.

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