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$25,000 PBOT grant will go to Albina businesses and street art to honor Black Portlanders

Avatar by on September 4th, 2020 at 11:09 am

Diners enjoying outdoor seating in the Pearl District. PBOT wants to see more of this in north Portland.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

“Black-Centered Spaces for Community and Business in Albina,” is the name of a project that won the Portland Bureau of Transportation a $25,000 grant.

PBOT was one of 10 agencies nationwide to earn a Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery grant from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), a nonprofit that works with over 80 member cities in North America. NACTO says the money should, “Provide health services information to residents, create space for safe mobility, and bolster local economies.” The winners were announced on August 25th.

According to a PBOT spokesperson, they plan to partner with the Soul District Business Association, Self Enhancement Inc., and Albina Vision Trust and use the money to supplement their Frontline Communities Partnership Program which helps organizations respond to the Covid-19 crisis. PBOT has $50,000 allocated for that program and plans to award it in $10,000 chunks. The funds will also help create new public street art in north Portland. [Read more…]

Cars return to Kenton’s main street as PBOT revises Denver Avenue Plaza permit

Avatar by on August 17th, 2020 at 4:05 pm

Apparently the lack of direct access for car users was too much to handle.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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A photo gallery of Portland’s new plazas and parklets

Avatar by on August 4th, 2020 at 1:47 pm

(A sampling of Portland’s new, on-street dining options. Click for captions, scroll down for many more. All photos by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)[Read more…]

Two blocks of Kenton’s main street will become carfree, Covid-resistant plaza

Avatar by on August 3rd, 2020 at 2:29 pm

Volunteers began painting the street mural on North Denver Avenue this morning.
(Photo: Kenton Neighborhood Association on IG)

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PBOT’s street dining permit program is a test of antiracist pledge

Avatar by on July 2nd, 2020 at 11:44 am

Article published yesterday by Street Roots.

The current number one priority at Portland’s transportation bureau is a permit program that aims to help restaurants spread into the street so they can serve more people safely. The Healthy Business program is part of a larger Safe Streets Initiative that’s altering public right-of-way to improve safety and create more space for physically-distanced commerce.

By some accounts the program is working well. Since it was launched at the end of May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) says they’ve issued well over 200 permits so far and rave reviews are coming in for the street dining plazas.

But is the program working for everyone? Are Black-owned businesses getting a fair shot? And is PBOT’s execution of the program living up to their pledge to be antiracist?
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The ‘Rainbow Road’ on SE Ankeny is Portland’s best distanced-dining street plaza

Avatar by on June 26th, 2020 at 1:55 pm

A block of Southeast Ankeny at 28th has been transformed into a carfree oasis.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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It’s cafes instead of cars as Portland restaurants expand into streets

Avatar by on June 24th, 2020 at 2:25 pm

Stormbreaker Brewing’s latest addition is on North Beech Street off of Mississippi.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Streets will get makeovers as ‘Healthy Business’ program rolls out

Avatar by on June 18th, 2020 at 2:57 pm

Paddy’s Bar & Grill street plaza plans.

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PBOT releases carfree plaza permit program, new plan to support ‘vision of the future’

Avatar by on May 28th, 2020 at 11:15 am

Detail of PBOT’s “full main street closure” option.

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PBOT sees business in the streets as key to economic recovery

Avatar by on May 22nd, 2020 at 1:52 pm

Detail of in-street dining concept. (Source: PBOT)

“We want to think big about what it means to create plazas to let businesses spill into the streets.”
— Nick Falbo, PBOT senior transportation planner

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