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Photo-simulations highlight Barbur Concept Plan Community Forum

Sometimes it’s hard to visualize future changes to our neighborhoods based on diagrams and maps of land use  concepts. But at a May 3 community forum about the future of Barbur Boulevard, nearly 50 community members were able to see photo simulations of different possible development scenarios along the southwest corridor. Barbur Blvd Neighborhood Virtual Model

At the community forum, City staff and the Barbur Community Working Group presented the audience with background and history of the boulevard, a summary of the corridor's opportunities and limitations, and photo-simulations or visualizations of possible building forms and arrangements for a few areas in the Barbur corridor. Participants were able to vote on different scenarios for future development, and the results will be used to help shape the concept plan.  

Photo caption: One scenario showing a moderate level of mixed use along SW 13th Ave between Barbur and Bertha

All Portlanders are welcome to make their voice heard about the future of Barbur Boulevard by taking a survey similar to the one used at the community forum. The presentation and other background materials are available at for reference.

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. Beginning in summer of 2011, the Community Working Group began exploring alternative land use concepts for the corridor through a public process that will last 18 months.

For more information about the project and/or to take the survey, go to The survey is open until June 15.