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‘Popcorn plaza’ video shows off benefits of reusing underused street space

Posted by on June 18th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

One of the organizers for local group Better Block PDX has made a nice video of how Portlanders responded to two temporary public spaces the group created over the weekend at one of Portland’s most interesting intersections.

After securing city permits and a green light from nearby business owners, the Better Block PDX team marked off an underused turn lane at Southeast 26th and Clinton and turned it into a public plaza (or technically, Portland architect Don Arambula observed, a “forecourt”) for two days.

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The video shows the space that resulted: safe and comfortable for adults and children to linger and play in, watch each other and enjoy the city, rain and shine.

As a couple commenters noted below our post about this last week, TriMet’s #10 bus uses this intersection, but it doesn’t operate on the weekends and it also doesn’t interfere with the larger of the two new public spaces created here. Still, it’s something any permanent change to the intersection would have to consider.

Is that a problem that’d be worth solving? Check out the video and Noecker’s full post and photos from the event and see what you think.

Correction 2:39 pm: An earlier version of this post inaccurately described the route of the #10.

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I stopped by to hang out after selling some kids’ clothes across the street. Neat idea.

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reconnect ppl with ppl awesome!

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This is great. I hope we can resolve out the Route 10 conflict and come up with a permanent fix to this messy intersection.