OPB posted a great video and article yesterday on the Ecotrope Blog about the Klickitat Neighborhood Greenway Project in Northeast Portland. Environmental Services has installed two dozen green street facilities along 60 blocks of NE Klickitat Street. The project is part of the greater neighborhood greenway network intended to manage stormwater and improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists on low volume residential streets.
Green streets are one of the many green infrastructure tools used by the City of Portland. By soaking up street runoff, the 1,300 green street facilities across the city make our infrastructure more resilient to large rain events and climate change. Integrating them into the neighborhood greenways network makes great sense, since their plants and soil also improve air quality, cool city temperatures, provide habitat, and enhance community. Residential green streets have also been great opportunities for neighbors to participate with the Green Street Stewards program.