Downtown plaza gets federal funding boost as PBOT eyes more violence interventions citywide

“Plazas like these will help us make Portland a more inclusive, equitable place, and help grow our small businesses and cultural destinations.” – Jo Ann Hardesty, city commissioner When the pandemic threatened to shutter local restaurants that didn’t have the space for patrons to safely spread out while eating and drinking, some were able to … Read more


$500 per parking spot: No more free ride for business plazas and patios

The honeymoon for free use of Portland’s public right-of-way will soon be over. The bureau of transportation just announced a new fee structure for their Healthy Business permits that have been awarded to over 1,000 businesses since May 2020. Starting September 1st, businesses will have to pay $150 for an application, then pay $500 for … Read more


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

“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 … Read more


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

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. … Read more