Turn your street project idea into reality with Better Block PSU program

Carfree SW Montgomery Street being painted by PSU students last year.
(Photo: PSU TREC)

What do Better Naito, the SW 3rd/Ankeny plaza, and new bus lanes on SW Madison and the Burnside Bridge have in common? They all started as ideas from students and activists and ended up as real projects on the ground.

If you have an idea to make streets and public space work better, now is your chance to give it some wings.

As we shared last spring, tactical urbanism organization Better Block PDX and Portland State University have joined forces to help great ideas become reality. Through PSU’s Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), they’ve created a program that aligns PSU transportation, engineering, and planning students with activists and community organizations to create official plans for pop-up projects.


TREC released their latest call for projects on February 14th and the deadline for applications is March 10th at 5:00 pm.

TREC and Better Block will select up to four projects and one of them will be chosen to be implemented in summer 2021.

“We are looking for public places where small changes to the streetscape will make a big difference,” reads the call for projects.

You can submit your project online and learn more here.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and
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