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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!