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PedPDX & U of O Partnership

Andrew DeVigal      SOJC logo

Above left: Professor Andrew DeVigal, UO SOJC Chair of Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement. Above right: UO SOJC logo.

Announcing PBOT's PedPDX & University of Oregon Partnership

PedPDX: Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan will prioritize sidewalks, crossing improvements, and other investments to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city. The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) aims to elevate public understanding of the range and diversity of needs that Portlanders have when it comes to walking. Students from Professor Andrew DeVigal's Reporting Within Communities class at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) in Portland will make videos supporting these aims.

Student teams will follow different people with different abilities from different parts of the city as they narrate what walking means to them, the challenges they face walking in Portland, and their hopes for Portland as a great walking city. Interning SOJC students will also be hired to make a video that incorporates highlights from the class projects while telling the story of the PedPDX plan and how public feedback impacts the planning process and decision-making. PedPDX will use the videos to launch a social media campaign encouraging public dialogue about people's own walking stories. These walking stories may be used throughout the PedPDX final report to bring home meaningful points about what was learned from public feedback during the planning process and how it impacted the plan.

The video project for PedPDX is supported by an American Planning Association Transportation Planning Division micro grant ($500), America Walks Community Change Micro Grant Award ($2,000), and in-kind student work by the University of Oregon SOJC, with videos anticipated to be released beginning in March 2018.

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Above left: APA logo. Above right: America Walks logo.