I-5 Rose Quarter Project

Opposition to ODOT I-5 freeway project gains steam at Tubman School rally

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 12th, 2021 at 3:31 pm

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ODOT plans to rebrand the I-5 Rose Quarter freeway project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 8th, 2021 at 4:20 pm

Models with t-shirts featuring ODOT’s proposed new “Bloom” logo.

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Lawsuit filed against USDOT over state’s handling of I-5 Rose Quarter expansion

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 5th, 2021 at 10:58 am

Flyer for Friday’s rally on North Mississippi Ave.
(Photo: No More Freeways)

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Guest Opinion: Time for ODOT to start over or scrap the I-5 Rose Quarter project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 3rd, 2021 at 11:05 am

(Photo: City of Portland Archives)

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Willamette Week highlights ODOT’s deceptive Rose Quarter freeway expansion plans

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 24th, 2021 at 8:50 am

I-5 from the N Vancouver Avenue bridge.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

It’s one thing for critiques of a project to swirl around transportation and advocacy circles; it’s another thing when a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter hops onto the story.

That’s what happened today with the Willamette Week’s publication of an article titled Questions About the Footprint of the I-5 Rose Quarter Project Intensify. The news that ODOT is being intentionally dishonest about the true width of their I-5 expansion plans through the central city is not new. What’s important about Willamette Week reporter Nigel Jaquiss doing a story on it is that it gets the idea more firmly on the radar of influential local electeds and makes them comment about it on the record.

And Jaquiss has also furthered the story in a significant way: By highlighting new documents from the nonprofit No More Freeways that show the potential width of the freeway is even wider than anyone previously expected. Here’s an excerpt from his piece (emphasis mine):[Read more…]

I-5 Rose Quarter project survey asks for input on freeway covers and roadway space priorities

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 16th, 2020 at 1:41 pm

I-5 highway covers currently shown by ODOT include vegetation and paths.

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Opinion: ODOT-written articles in the Tribune mislead the public

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 13th, 2020 at 12:16 pm

Front page of the Portland Tribune’s business section on October 25th. How many readers know Brendan Finn is the director of ODOT’s office of urban mobility and lead on the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter project?

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ODOT modifies I-5 expansion plans to prevent Esplanade impacts

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 12th, 2020 at 5:06 pm

An artist’s rendering of what the wider I-5 might have looked like from the Esplanade.
(Source: Graphics by Cupola Media/ No More Freeways PDX)

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ODOT won’t commit to healthy air quality for Harriet Tubman Middle School students

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 27th, 2020 at 12:18 pm

“‘Improve’ [air quality] is not the standard we want… You could have technically an improvement, but it could be immaterial and the air is still not safe for and healthy for children.”
— Julia Brim-Edwards, Portland Public Schools Board member

Why an expansion of I-5 matters to Portland Public Schools (Harriet Tubman Middle School outlined in red).
(Graphic: Portland State University)

Even though drivers on Interstate 5 through north Portland already emit unhealthy levels of toxic gases from their cars and trucks, the Oregon Department of Transportation wants to widen it and bring those vehicles even closer to the kids who attend Harriet Tubman Middle School.
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Portland makes ‘unprecedented’ withdrawal from ODOT’s I-5 Rose Quarter project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 15th, 2020 at 5:46 pm

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