Unlimited free on-street car parking is one of the big problems stopping Portland from becoming a better place to live, work, ride a bike, and do business — and a Portland planning expert is floating an interesting solution.
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First, Northwest 23rd. Then Southeast Hawthorne. Then Northeast Alberta. Then North Williams.
One after another, Portland's formerly affordable neighborhoods have seen the rising appeal of low-car life drive their mortgages and rents sky-high, at least by local standards. But what's to be done?
Vivian Satterfield and Justin Buri say they've got a city-level policy suggestion that can help. Their main problem is that in Oregon, it's banned by state law.
I sat down this month with the pair – Satterfield is associate director for OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Buri is a board member for Housing Land Advocates, and both get around largely by bicycle – to talk about a concept, inclusionary zoning, that might require all developers within certain areas to include lower-priced, income-restricted units in their new buildings.
It looks like Portland is finally ready to think long-term about its auto parking policies.
The City of Portland is preparing to embark on an 18-month study of its future auto parking needs, thanks to a $225,000 state grant. The result of the work, which the city said seems to be the first project of its kind in the country, could shape residential and commercial development patterns and on-street parking policy in the city for decades to come.
And for people who care about fixing Portland's chronic shortage of low-car-friendly housing, or who those who want the city to reduce the tax-funded handout of so much free auto parking, the tea leaves look good.
permitted for Northwest Thurman near 23rd.
(Image: Footprint Investments)
The tiny house movement for apartment dwellers has arrived.
Think 200 to 300 square feet, and a kitchen shared with five similar units.
It's a new milestone for the Portland area's off-the-charts rental shortage, the third-tightest in the nation in the third quarter of 2013. And it might also be the key to a new model for apartment living that's designed to deliver relatively affordable rents for tiny units in highly desirable neighborhoods.
Two big new apartment buildings that opened for rental this month are aiming to kill the notion that well-to-do Portlanders — except for the ones in the Pearl, anyway — will always own cars. (more...)
A group of believers in low-car real estate development will meet at Lancaster Engineering Tuesday night (tomorrow!) for a free, wonky evening of creating "the manifesto for how we'll turn Portland into the easiest place in the world to park a bicycle."
That's the description from organizer Chris Smith, a citizen activist who serves on the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission and also makes the trains run on time at the Portland Transport blog.
office building at NE 3rd and Couch, is a big fan of the view from the rooftop patio.
(Photo © M.Andersen/BikePortland)
"A lot of the talent, especially that a lot of these young tech companies already have or are going after as they grow, tend to live on the east side, and appreciate the culture and the types of amenities found on the east side," said Leonard Barrett, project manager for Beam Development's new Eastside Exchange building.
Portland's eight-page bike parking code is overdue for an overhaul. A Portland planning commissioner is organizing a one-night workshop to get things going, and we're helping.
For three months, we've been using BikePortland's new Real Estate Beat to show how bikes and urban development in central Portland have become joined at the hip in residential, office and retail development alike. And whatever the project, there's a common theme: What does adequate bike parking look like?
The monthly Portland Afoot/BikePortland Podcast is ready just in time for the weekend.
This month our podcast producer and resident transportation wonk Lily Karabaic and BikePortland News Editor Michael Andersen sat down to talk about the intersection of real estate and bicycling (unfortunately, due to a slower-than-expected recovery from a bad spill I took on my road bike, I didn't make it to this month's recording session). As Michael's Real Estate Beat column has proven, how we approach housing and commercial development can have a significant impact on our city and our transportation choices. And in Portland, bicycling is at the center of this issue as we try to achieve our ridership goals and spread the benefits of change equally across all communities and income levels. (more...)