Green days in Portland, Ore.
In late afternoon, Portland, Oregon, seen from the airplane overhead, is swathed in more greens than a farmers market in June.
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#1 Apr 3, 2012
Daily Kos: Multi-use urban development instead of freeways?
In the 1970s, Portland, Oregon decided to reject construction of additional freeways and apply the $500 million in federal funds (this took some wheedling ...
www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/30/1077841/-Mu... the 1970s, Portland, Oregon decided to reject construction of additional freeways and apply the $500 million in federal funds (this took some wheedling by then mayor, the now-disgraced Neil Goldschmidt) to building a business transit mail downtown and a rail mass transit system. The first leg of the rail system, called MAX Light Rail, was completed in 1986. "..."Clearance of the right of way would have required condemnation and destruction of 1,750 residences, about 1% of the housing stock of the city. "..."Following a long struggle (see here for a comic book version), the community was able to prevent the Mount Hood Freeway from being built, although as a compromise, the 52nd avenue freeway was built, but further to the east, at about 92nd avenue, and became known as I-205. Here's a link to a 2006 video from streetfilms.org which compares the implemented freeway projects in Brooklyn, NY to the similar but unimplemented projects Portland. It's a bit propagandistic, and somewhat dated in terms of the current light rail / bus mall situation, but I think it gets the point across.
Modern plans for the area
The many years of uncertainty over the area's future had inhibited both both business development and residential construction. Since the area had been considered to be a low-rent district in the first place (and thus eligible under the thinking of the time to be replaced with a freeway), this man-made blight had made things all the worse.
Since that time there has been a bit of a rebound. The city has developed, as they have for many other areas, a comprehensive development plan for Division street, see here (.PDF). Division is intended to be a "Main Street" with commercial intensive zones at intervals, and an emphasis on mixed commercial and residential use throughout."
Off-ramp: How demolishing freeways is reviving American ...
... that promotes urban highway removal and walkable, mixed-use urban development.... go to a different street instead ... bad congestion on many urban freeways ...
grist.org/infrastructure/off-ramp-how-demolis... of John Norquist’s best-known achievements as mayor of Milwaukee — an office he held from 1988 to 2004 — was demolishing the Park East Freeway, a 1960s-era expressway that restricted access to the city’s downtown. Today, he is CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, an organization that promotes urban highway removal and walkable, mixed-use urban development."
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