Metro area residents, business people and commuters can now share their thoughts about the Southwest corridor through a new online game. Called Shape Southwest, the interactive tool helps users better understand the planning challenges in this important corridor and identify investments that could meet their needs. The game is available online from Nov. 13 to Dec. 31.
Shape Southwest lets community members participate in the decision-making process for revitalizing and enhancing the region's Southwest corridor. Online, they can make hypothetical investments in transportation improvements, parks and habitat, sidewalks, bikeways and roads. These improvements could affect safety, health, prosperity, access and mobility, while giving residents and commuters better options for getting where they need to work, play, shop and learn. The impact of these investments are continuously shown on a bar graph, and “credits” are taken away in varying amounts, depending on the type and level of investment.
This new tool allows Metro to engage with the public in ways other than having a meeting or convening a standing committee — options that only allow for those who have the time to attend. Public feedback from the game will be shared with members of the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee to help them prioritize investments that will help grow downtowns, employment areas and main streets.
If you’re interested in the future of the Southwest corridor from Portland to Sherwood, make sure Metro gets your ideas and preferences for how to shape its future. Don’t miss this chance to be heard; play the game before Dec. 31.
Find out more about the Southwest Corridor Plan and participate in Shape Southwest