Wanted: Community input on how to make the area more inviting, livable and accessibleRead More…
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Wanted: Community input on how to make the area more inviting, livable and accessible
Everyone is invited, including families with kids, longtime residents and newcomers
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 2 – 5 p.m.
(Doors open at 1 p.m. for lunch, project open house and sign-in)
If you need interpretation, please call Seemab at Unite Oregon with your request at least one week before the workshop at 503-287-4117.
Contact Joan.Frederiksen@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-3111
Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/westportland
Dozens of community members shared their hopes for The Crossroads area in SW Portland.
More than 50 adults – and almost as many children and youth – gathered at Markham Elementary School on a Saturday in June for the West Portland Town Center walk/roll tour. Childcare, interpretation and refreshments were provided, and the sun came through for a warm afternoon.
The purpose of the walk-roll event was to hear from community members about on-the-ground conditions in their neighborhoods around the intersection of I-5, Barbur Blvd and SW Capitol. They shared their experiences and ideas for how to improve safety and living conditions to make West Portland TC an inviting, inclusive and vital place for them and their families.
Project staff heard a wide variety of ideas, suggestions, and concerns. The following is a summary of what we heard from community members on written surveys throughout the walk.
The 1.25-mile round trip route started and ended at Markham Elementary and included stops at the following locations:
The feedback we received fell into the following “buckets” of ideas:
This input helps project staff understand community priorities, concerns and perspectives. It also helps define some key pieces for the town center plan work underway.
Look out for another community event in mid-fall, where we'll work together to discuss and problem solve the physical challenges and desired changes for making this town center a safer, more comfortable, accessible, convenient place to live and travel around.
So stay tuned!
Participants can learn about and discuss how Portland’s housing and land use history continue to shape our neighborhoods.
As SW Portland residents prepare for a light rail line – including direct and indirect investments in housing, jobs, and other community assets – it’s worth looking at the history of land use planning in the I-5/Barbur corridor, especially as it has affected housing opportunity.
Join your friends, neighbors and fellow community members to learn how historic laws, zoning, and different land use decisions affected our community. Then be a part of the conversations as we move forward on planning efforts for a new light rail line in Southwest, the West Portland Town Center, the Ross Island Bridgehead and the SW Naito-Gibbs area.
Neighborhood event to learn about and discuss historic laws, zoning and other regulations that continue to affect who lives where and who can afford housing in our city.
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 6 – 9 p.m.
Multnomah Arts Center, Auditorium
7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 9721
TriMet bus #44
Anyone living in SW Portland, their families, friends and neighbors
Light refreshments will be provided.
RSVP on our Facebook event page
This event is part of a the SW Corridor Inclusive Communities Project.
With plans for a light rail line from Downtown Portland to Bridgeport Village moving forward, the City of Portland is working with other agencies and community partners to plan for healthy, connected, and inclusive communities along the corridor.
The vision for the SW Corridor includes communities that are welcoming and diverse places, with a full range of housing choices; thriving business districts; connected and accessible pedestrian, bicycle and transit networks; as well as community services.
Learn more about the SW Corridor Inclusive Communities Project.
Contact Joan Frederiksen, 503-823-3111, email@example.com
A multi-cultural group gathers to discuss the future of housing, businesses and jobs, health and the cultural life of their community.
“West Portland is a beautiful place that I spend most of my time in because of my community. I would like to see more affordable housing, a food market, and a community center.”
“I want it (West Portland Town Center) to be a real place that naturally draws many people rather than cars to the area, aka, a SW PDX living room like Pioneer Courthouse Square.”
“I’m proud of the growing cultural diversity in our neighborhoods so my son can grow up with greater understanding and appreciation for other cultures and languages.”
“It (West Portland Town Center) needs to become highly walkable, with many things to buy, i.e., produce markets, etc., that cater to neighbors rather than tourists. It needs to become a true urban village.”
So, said just a few of the participants at the West Portland Town Center Kick-off Event on a recent Saturday in April.
About 60 residents of the area gathered at Markham Elementary, including a large cohort from the Muslim community. Somali, Arabic and Swahili translators were on hand to help foreign language speakers join the conversation and share their hopes and dreams.
After signing in and reviewing information displays, attendees were welcomed by Coya Crespin from Community Alliance of Tenants and Seemab Hussaini of UniteOregon, who shared personal stories, information about their organizations and the communities they serve, and led a native land acknowledgement.
Notetakers captured their ideas, which are summarized in a “what we heard” report. Common themes emerged from the conversations, including:
After the discussions, participants enjoyed music by Ghanaian artist Okaidja Afroso and food from Muslim Educational Trust. The conversations continued as people ate and children danced.
To read more about what people had to say about West Portland Town Center planning see the kick-off event notes.
Community members are invited to continue the conversation during a walking tour of the West Portland Town Center area on Saturday afternoon, June 15 - 1 to 4 pm. We want to hear about:
Tours will start at Markham Elementary at two times: 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Translation, childcare (ages 3+) and refreshments will be provided.
While we continue to collect important qualitative information from community input at events like our June walks, quantitative data also tells an important part of the story. View the newly posted West Portland Town Center data atlas to learn more.
Join fellow community members to stroll around The Crossroads in SW Portland and help shape the future of public spaces and streets.
As the West Portland Town Center Plan gets underway, City planners are working with community members to identify and prioritize improvements to the area that will benefit residents, businesses and visitors.
Join us and fellow SW Portlanders to learn and share ideas about desired street improvements, business areas, housing and public spaces in and around The Crossroads (the intersection of I-5, Barbur Boulevard and SW Capital Highway).
Community members will be able to share views on:
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Two times: The first starts at 1:30 and the second at 2:30 p.m.
Location: Markham School (in front of building), 10531 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219. Walks start and end at this location.
FREE childcare (age 3 and over) and refreshments. Project information and staff will be available from 1 – 4 p.m.
Interpretation: Walking tours will be held in English, Swahili, Somali and Arabic. Other accommodations available upon request.
Walking tours are a way to experience a place outside of a car or bus at a slower pace. Planners can hear from community members about the places they live, work and play. These tours also offer residents a chance to meet their neighbors and exchange ideas and experiences.
Questions or requests? Contact Joan Frederiksen, at 503-823-3111, firstname.lastname@example.org