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Lower Albina: Video Tour

Take a Virtual Walking Tour of the Lower Albina Subdistrict

In September, 2010, the project team led two community walks around the N/NE Quadrant. On the two-hour tours, staff and community members learned about the N/NE Quadrant and offered ideas about how the area could be improved.

Below, you'll find video clips from the Lower Albina tour in which project staff and walk participants describe issues related to specific locations in the N/NE Quadrant. You can also take the virtual walking tour yourself with this handy Google map, which shows the path of the walk and the locations at which each video was shot.

Do you have your own ideas about these locations? Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page in the comments section. Or, if you're able, go ahead and film your own video and post it on the Google map!

1. Download the Walking Tour Guide

Albina Community Walk Guide

Ablina Community Walk, September 29, 2010 (PDF)

2. Watch the Videos from Each Stop Along the Tour

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Stop 1: Portland Public Schools Headquarters

Portland Public Schools' (PPS) Blanchard Headquarters is a 10.5 acre property on the border between the Lloyd and Lower Albina Districts. PPS is no longer in need of such an expansive centralized facility, but the costs associated with moving from the Blanchard site are very high. With its location adjacent to the Rose Quarter and direct access to downtown over the Broadway Bridge and to North Portland via Interstate Avenue and the Vancouver/Williams corridor, this location could be ideal for a number of different development types. In the N/NE Quadrant Project, it will be important to consider whether zoning changes or other strategies should be considered to encourage redevelopment between now and 2035 and to conceptualize what that redevelopment could look like.

Stops 2 and 3: I-5 Broadway/Weidler Interchange

The transportation demands on this portion of the N/NE Quadrant are significant. It contains the on- and off-ramps for the north- and south-bound lanes of I-5, commuter traffic to and from downtown along Broadway/Weidler, freight traffic serving the businesses and entertainment destinations in the N/NE Quadrant, bicycle commuters along the Vancouver/Williams corridor and pedestrian and auto and pedestrian traffic for the Rose Quarter and Convention Center. Streetcar will be up-and-running along NE Broadway and NE Weidler in 2012. In planning for the area's future, it is important to think about how to make sure the flow of people and goods through this area remains safe and efficient.

Stop 4: Neighborhood and I-5 Opportunities

This area is a transition point between the Central City and the more residential portions of the Eliot Neighborhood. While portions of the area are currently zoned for high density residential, the area contains many small commercial/industrial uses. Looking to the future, what should development look like (height, density) in order to transition from the Central City and I-5 to the lower-density, residential neighborhood? Is mixed-use development including some residential, commercial and light industrial uses appropriate here? Given that the area is bordered by I-5 to the west, any changes to the freeway over passes could impact access to and from the area.

Stop 5: Lillis Albina City Park and View Corridor

Lillis Albina Park is the only public park in the Lower Albina area of the N/NE Quadrant. Existing regulations protect the view corridor from the park to Old Town and the Pearl District, limiting the height of any new development in an area southwest of the park. However, this view corridor is currently obscured by a grove of fir trees, which are also a significant asset to the park. Given that future development opportunities to the south and west of the park might contribute to a more vibrant quadrant and Central City, should the view corridor remain as it is today?

Stop 6: Russell Street Conservation District

Lower Albina is a successful urban mixed industrial district with a small mixed-use and commercial area on historic Russell Street. With the somewhat recent addition of light rail along Interstate Avenue there could be redevelopment opportunities, however the properties immediately adjacent to the MAX station are not zoned for mixed-use. The remainder of the area is a productive light-industrial sanctuary that provides many jobs to Portlanders. How can we ensure new development supports, rather than detracts from, the success of this employment area?

Inspiring Communities - Designing for Environment and Community with Cynthia Girling + Ronald Kellett

The Billy Frank Jr. Conference Room overflowed with more than 150 college students, design professionals and interested community members as Professors Girling and Kellett talked about designing for environment and the community.

It was standing room only at the Portland Plan - Inspiring Communities Series event with Cynthia Girling and Ronald Kellett on Wednesday, Jan. 12. The Billy Frank Jr. Conference Room overflowed with more than 150 college students, design professionals and interested community members as Professors Girling and Kellett talked about designing for environment and the community. Presenting case studies from around the world, the landscape architects demonstrated their systems thinking approach to urban design. Panelists Mike Abbate, director of urban design for the City of Gresham, Mike Houck, director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute, Carol Mayor-Reed of the Mayor/Reed design firm, and Portland Planning and Sustainability Commissioner and citizen activist Chris Smith offered valuable local perspective after the keynote address.

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Learn more about the Portland Plan - Inspiring Communities Series

Robert Weissbourd talks about poverty, race, education, housing and economic development issues on MLK Day

Portland Plan -- Inspiring Communities Series concludes with talk about equitable economic development

On Monday, January 17, the nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here in Portland there will be many opportunities to remember the civil rights crusader, including attending the final event in the Portland Plan -- Inspiring Communities Series.

Bob Weissbourd, President. RW Ventures Rob Weissbourd

Keynote speaker Robert Weissbourd will talk about economic development on Monday night from 7-9 p.m. at the Mercy Corps Action Center, 45 SW Ankeny. Mr. Weissbourd has been a frequent public speaker and guest lecturer, as well as author, on a broad range of urban markets, poverty, race, education, housing and economic development issues. He has also testified on these issues before federal, state and local legislatures. His background in the public sector, desegregation and community economic development in inner cities provides Portlanders with a timely and relevant perspective on how the city can grow its economy and provide jobs across all sectors.

A nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, he has been active for more than 25 years in community and civic organizations, including service as president or vice-president of the boards of City Colleges of Chicago, Crossroads Fund, Businesspeople in the Public Interest, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and PROCAN, as well as on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School, and the Advisory Committees for the (Chicago) Mayor’s Technology Advisory Committee, Brookings Metropolitan Economy Project and Brookings Urban Markets Initiative. 

Weissbourd founded RW Ventures, LLC in 2000. Previously, he served for 10 years in executive positions at Shorebank Corporation, including most recently as executive vice president of Shorebank Chicago Companies. Before joining Shorebank, Bob was a partner at Hartunian, Futterman & Howard, specializing in federal constitutional and class action litigation, school desegregation and representation of government and non-profit agencies. Bob clerked for federal Judge George Leighton, after receiving a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. from Yale University.

RW Ventures, LLC focuses on market-based strategies for regional and community economic development. Our goal is to achieve development outcomes and improve the quality of life of inner city residents by aligning business and community interests. Our work spans several areas, from expanding insurance markets to regional economic policy, and our projects range from neighborhood market development to analysis of the changing dynamics affecting economic performance.

Local Panelists

After Weissbourd's keynote address there will be a round table discussion with a local panel, including Aneshka Colas-Dickson, who serves on the Portland Development Commission; Sheila Martin, director of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies and the Population Research Center at Portland State University; Glenn Montgomery, executive director of Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA); and Bob Tackett with the NW Oregon Labor Council. Erin Flynn, urban development director for the Portland Development Commission, will moderate.

Portland Plan -- Inspiring Communities Series

The Portland Plan will be a 25-year strategic plan for the City, and the direction it sets will touch every neighborhood, district and resident of the city as it grows. The plan will help to define priorities, guide investment of public dollars and set the course for Portland for the next quarter of a century. The plan is guided by the principles of equity, health and opportunity for all.
Keynote speakers for the series were chosen for their forward-thinking ideas and innovative work in the fields of education, economic development, equitable communities, environmental design and public health.

Past Presentations

Click on titles to see video recording of each presentation.


Sponsored by: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City Club of Portland, Portland State University, Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Parks & Recreation, Oregon Public Health Institute, The Standard, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, Multnomah County Health Department and Portland Business Alliance

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