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(North Portland's) Mississippi Residents Eschew Cars


Oregonlive ran a story today that 70% of residents of the new Tupelo Alley infill apartment complex are not choosing to add car parking to their lease.

Given that Mississippi Avenue has frequent transit service with the #4, lots of local services, MAX service within a half mile, three Zipcars, and some of the city's busiest bikeways on N. Vancouver and N. Williams, it makes sense that some of the residents choose to live carlessly.

Of course, since the area surrounding Tupelo Alley has free street parking, we imagine that some residents are choosing to park their cars on the streets.

Still, in a city where 61% of us live in single-family homes, those living in high-density apartments or condos are really helping move Portland toward our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30% below 1990 levels by 2030. Living spaces are usually smaller, insulation is often better and buildings are often nestled on walkable commercial streets like Mississippi.

Photo courtesy of Neighborhood Notes.


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