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Archive for Portland

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.

April 26, 2017
Portland Made Driving Miserable, Bikes Work Better Now
Willamette Week

Ever since scotching the Mount Hood Freeway, Portland has spent a solid 40 years making this a city built around pedestrians, trains and bicycles. Whatever your opinion of Portland’s broad strategy of city planning, we’re locked in at this point. Stop fighting. Give up. Roll with it.

April 13, 2017
Legalized Cannabis & Land Use Regulations in Portland
The Global Grid

In a large and densely populated metropolitan city like Portland, Oregon, cannabis legalization has brought up a number of questions regarding how these operations fit into land use planning and existing zoning regulation.

Portland’s Next Density Spurt
CityLab

Flashy new residential projects near the Burnside Bridge suggest the expansion of the Rose City’s urban core has leaped across the Willamette River.

April 12, 2017
April 9, 2017
April 4, 2017
How Highway Expansion Gets Normalized
Bike Portland

We are living in a time of extremes: climate, politics and public opinion have all ceded the moderate middle in favor of the faraway edges. When it comes to policy debates, ideas that once seemed too extreme to be taken seriously have crawled their way back into the mainstream.

March 22, 2017
Project Seeks One-Stop Shopping For ADUs
Portland Tribune

Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions is using the ‘Solarize’ model to make it easier to add backyard homes.

March 19, 2017
Activists Speak Out Against Portland Freeway Expansion
BikePortland

The thought of our regional public transit agency advocating for urban freeway expansions — including one in Portland’s central city — does not sit well with many transportation reform activists.

February 28, 2017
Portland’s Never-Built Landmarks
OregonLive

New York isn’t the only city with buildings and grand urban plans that never came to pass. Portland has had its share, too — fantastical ideas that would have resulted in a completely different city than the one we know today.

February 20, 2017
Portland’s Columbia River Crossing Resurfaces
Planetizen

Washington lawmakers are looking for solutions to worsening congestion between their state and the city of Portland—possible solutions includes a controversial bridge proposal that had been abandoned for years.

February 8, 2017
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January 25, 2017
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