Paxton Rothwell (Contributor)

Paxton Rothwell (Contributor)

Paxton is a trained engineer and engaged community volunteer. He is interested in urban transportation and organizations that build community through reducing dependence on fossil fuel infrastructure.

Guest Opinion: Here are some low-car design options for NE 7th Avenue

This guest opinion is by Paxton Rothwell. “NE 7th fails to be either a vehicle through route or a bike-friendly neighborhood street. And yet it remains popular as both.” Traffic issues on NE 7th Avenue are once again in the spotlight. As BikePortland reported, the neighborhood meeting held September 14th did more to ignite additional … Read more


Depave’s block party shows people-centric potential of SE 7th

As the Blumenauer Bridge opening day events settled down, a block party was just getting going a few blocks south. Depave hosted a seven hour long block party on SE 7th Ave between Sandy Blvd and Stark Street. The event showcased how an expanse of underused city street can be reinvented as a community space. … Read more


Depave and an army of volunteers brings city spaces to life

It is endlessly hot in Portland this week. Due to the ‘urban heat island effect’, some areas of the region will be hotter than others. A lack of tree canopy and large expanses of concrete and asphalt are to blame for this imbalance of heat. We hope that people start looking at pavement as an … Read more


With monumental task ahead, 82nd Avenue Coalition holds first meeting

Publisher’s note: I’m happy to share our first story from Paxton Rothwell, a former engineer and volunteer activists who’s turned his attention to writing about transportation. On Wednesday July 13th, Portland-based nonprofit Oregon Walks hosted 30 people in Montavilla Park to discuss the future of 82nd Avenue. This was the first meeting of the 82nd … Read more