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West Quadrant Issues and Opportunities Survey Results Are In

The future of the Pearl District, Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow, the West End, Downtown, South Downtown and/or South Waterfront was the subject of an issues and opportunities survey for the West Quadrant Plan, which will examine a range of land use, urban design, transportation, environmental and economic development issues in the area. Available online March 5 - May 10, 2013, the survey allowed people to share their ideas and preferences for West Quadrant areas, as well as input on topics such as housing, transportation and neighborhood services. Some big takeaways from the survey include:

  1. The desire for more neighborhood services and grocery stores (especially outside the Pearl District) in almost every neighborhood
  2. The need for housing diversity of both type and affordability, especially 2-bedroom units in Goose Hollow, the Pearl District and South Waterfront, and 1-bedroom units in other areas
  3. Support for pedestrian and bicycle system and safety improvements
  4. The desire for a full-range of parks and open space amenities, especially kid-friendly features
  5. Better access and amenities along the Willamette River

Here are some sample responses from the survey:

Question 3: Improved access to destinations through (select 2):


Answer Choices Responses
Signage to available parking spaces 25%
Signage to retail stores 11.46%
Reduced conflicts between freight delivery and auto circulation 27.08%
Pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements 75%
Automobile and truck safety improvements 10.42%
Streetscape amenity improvements such as benches or lights 50%
Total Respondents: 96   


Question 7: As the West Quadrant grows and diversifies, what services should be a priority for development? Select the three 


  Community Center Daycare Facilities Grocery Stores Health Clinics Neighborhood Services
(e.g. dry cleaners, florists)
Recreation Opportunities Schools Total Respondents
Pearl District

39.02%

32

34.15%

28

18.29%

15

19.51%

22

26.83%

22

42.68%

35

62.20%

51

82
Old Town / Chinatown

43.84%

32

5.48%

4

67.12%

49

39.73%

29

47.95%

35

26.03%

19

10.96%

8

73
Goose Hollow

31.25%

20

26.56%

17

53.13%

34

12.50%

8

59.38%

38

39.06%

25

26.56%

17

64
West End

36.36%

24

 

19.70%

13

34.85%

23

21.21%

14

43.94%

29

36.36%

24

30.30%

20

66
Downtown

30.88%

21

27.94%

19

51.47%

35

27.94%

19

36.76%

25

30.88%

21

13.24%

9

68
South Downtown

20.59%

14

20.59%

14

72.06%

49

23.53%

16

57.35%

39

27.94%

19

16.18%

11

68
South Waterfront

32.91%

26

12.66%

10

83.54%

66

7.59%

6

54.43%

43

27.85%

22

32.91%

26

79

Question 8: While there are many parks in the West Quadrant, most of them cater to visitors or office workers. What recreational amenities would you like to see more of in the West Quadrant to meet the needs of many different types of users? Select the three you feel are most important.

 

Answer Choices Responses
Off-road bike course 22.09%
Athletic fields 29.07%

Group exercise plaza

33.72%

Public exercise equipment 33.72%
Skate park 17.44%
Rock climbing feature 17.44%
Children's play area 66.28%
Interactive water features 43.02%
Total Respondents: 86  

 

Question 13: What kinds of green system improvements would you like to see in the West Quadrant? Select the two you feel are most important.

 

Answer Choices Responses
Construction of green streets or stormwater infrastructure 53.85%
Increased tree canopy 55.13%
Integration of living / green walls into buildings 38.46%
Wider use of district energy or utility sharing 32.05%
Additional ecoroofs 19.23%
Total Respondents: 78  

 

The survey results will be included in a summary of issues available online before the West Quadrant Charrette, June 10 – 14. If you would like to see the full survey results, please contact Kathryn Hartinger at kathryn.hartinger@portlandoregon.govor Elisa Hamblin (contact info below). 

The survey and West Quadrant Reader, a short newspaper-like document outlining issues, opportunities and ideas for Portland’s West Quadrant, are part of the first phase of the West Quadrant planning process. For more information about the West Quadrant Plan, please contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at elisa.hamblin@portlandoregon.gov.

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