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Lower Albina: Video Tour

Take a Virtual Walking Tour of the Lower Albina Subdistrict

In September, 2010, the project team led two community walks around the N/NE Quadrant. On the two-hour tours, staff and community members learned about the N/NE Quadrant and offered ideas about how the area could be improved.

Below, you'll find video clips from the Lower Albina tour in which project staff and walk participants describe issues related to specific locations in the N/NE Quadrant. You can also take the virtual walking tour yourself with this handy Google map, which shows the path of the walk and the locations at which each video was shot.

Do you have your own ideas about these locations? Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page in the comments section. Or, if you're able, go ahead and film your own video and post it on the Google map!

1. Download the Walking Tour Guide

Albina Community Walk Guide

Ablina Community Walk, September 29, 2010 (PDF)

2. Watch the Videos from Each Stop Along the Tour

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Stop 1: Portland Public Schools Headquarters

Portland Public Schools' (PPS) Blanchard Headquarters is a 10.5 acre property on the border between the Lloyd and Lower Albina Districts. PPS is no longer in need of such an expansive centralized facility, but the costs associated with moving from the Blanchard site are very high. With its location adjacent to the Rose Quarter and direct access to downtown over the Broadway Bridge and to North Portland via Interstate Avenue and the Vancouver/Williams corridor, this location could be ideal for a number of different development types. In the N/NE Quadrant Project, it will be important to consider whether zoning changes or other strategies should be considered to encourage redevelopment between now and 2035 and to conceptualize what that redevelopment could look like.

Stops 2 and 3: I-5 Broadway/Weidler Interchange

The transportation demands on this portion of the N/NE Quadrant are significant. It contains the on- and off-ramps for the north- and south-bound lanes of I-5, commuter traffic to and from downtown along Broadway/Weidler, freight traffic serving the businesses and entertainment destinations in the N/NE Quadrant, bicycle commuters along the Vancouver/Williams corridor and pedestrian and auto and pedestrian traffic for the Rose Quarter and Convention Center. Streetcar will be up-and-running along NE Broadway and NE Weidler in 2012. In planning for the area's future, it is important to think about how to make sure the flow of people and goods through this area remains safe and efficient.

Stop 4: Neighborhood and I-5 Opportunities

This area is a transition point between the Central City and the more residential portions of the Eliot Neighborhood. While portions of the area are currently zoned for high density residential, the area contains many small commercial/industrial uses. Looking to the future, what should development look like (height, density) in order to transition from the Central City and I-5 to the lower-density, residential neighborhood? Is mixed-use development including some residential, commercial and light industrial uses appropriate here? Given that the area is bordered by I-5 to the west, any changes to the freeway over passes could impact access to and from the area.

Stop 5: Lillis Albina City Park and View Corridor

Lillis Albina Park is the only public park in the Lower Albina area of the N/NE Quadrant. Existing regulations protect the view corridor from the park to Old Town and the Pearl District, limiting the height of any new development in an area southwest of the park. However, this view corridor is currently obscured by a grove of fir trees, which are also a significant asset to the park. Given that future development opportunities to the south and west of the park might contribute to a more vibrant quadrant and Central City, should the view corridor remain as it is today?

Stop 6: Russell Street Conservation District

Lower Albina is a successful urban mixed industrial district with a small mixed-use and commercial area on historic Russell Street. With the somewhat recent addition of light rail along Interstate Avenue there could be redevelopment opportunities, however the properties immediately adjacent to the MAX station are not zoned for mixed-use. The remainder of the area is a productive light-industrial sanctuary that provides many jobs to Portlanders. How can we ensure new development supports, rather than detracts from, the success of this employment area?