Participants at the December 6, 2011, Barbur Concept Plan Community Forum were asked to fill out a brief survey in addition to sharing their thoughts with staff. The survey was also made available online so that others could also submit their thoughts and ideas about the future of this important southwest corridor. We received 124 responses and as many ideas for improving the “Barbur experience.”
The Barbur Concept Plan will create a long-term vision for the six-mile Barbur Boulevard corridor, from Portland’s Central City to the Tigard city limit.
Perhaps not surprisingly, many people felt that sidewalks and safer crossings would make Barbur a more attractive place for people to be. Additionally, having more restaurants and retail options ranked high, as did additional trees and improved transit service. A number of people stressed the importance of improving safety for all travelers in the corridor, including bikes, pedestrians and drivers.
A difference in priorities began to emerge in the comments, from improving Barbur as an attractive place to work, shop and live to maintaining Barbur's capacity as a traffic reliever for I-5 backups. People suggested that additional art and greenspace, better connections to the adjacent neighborhoods, and an overall improved appearance would greatly improve the Barbur experience.
Thanks to all those who participated. Stay tuned for information about our next open house coming up in the spring.