Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 23rd, 2010 at 12:08 pm
On Tuesday (6/29), the Architects Without Borders and the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium will host a free screening of PBS’s Beyond the Motor City.
The film is part of the PBS special series, Blueprint America, which takes an in-depth look at the past, present and future state of our country’s transportation infrastructure (one of the segments prominently features Portland).
According to PBS, Beyond Motor City “examines how Detroit, a symbol of America’s diminishing status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America.”
After the screening, the director of the film, Aaron Woolf (who also did the documentary King Corn) will join a panel with local transportation and planning experts Gil Kelley (former Planning Director for City of Portland, now a consultant) and Bob Hastings (an architect and designer for TriMet). Ethan Seltzer, an urban planning professor from Portland State University will moderate.
The panel will ask “whether Portland’s transportation system offers an exit from economic decline or a fast track to ruin. Is Detroit where Portland is coming from or where it’s going?” It will be interesting to see what type of role these experts feel the bicycle will play a role in our transportation future.
The screening is at 6:30pm on June 29th at McMenamins Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd.). More event details here.
Watch the trailer below…