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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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Portland’s new business program will permit in-street commerce

Avatar by on May 21st, 2020 at 3:14 pm

“Plans… are in full swing. We are designing a permit process that will allow not just restaurants but bars, retail, and personal service businesses to access the right-of-way.”
— Margaux Weeke, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s office

We’ll be seeing more of this soon.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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