Comment of the Week: A powerful critique of the Portland Freight Committee

“Time [the Portland Freight Committee] was sent packing or at least reconfigured”— Lenny Anderson My visit to the Portland Freight Committee (PFC) earlier this month led to an interesting revelation: Turns out, members of this influential committee think the use of large freight trucks on North Lombard should be prioritized above everything else. To say … Read more

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Stalwart Swan Island transportation advocate Lenny Anderson announces retirement

Lenny Anderson, shown here at the dedication of a biking and walking path on Swan Island in 2010, is retiring.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) Lenny Anderson, one of the most outspoken and effective transportation advocates in Portland, officially announced his retirement this morning. Lenny had served as the executive director of the Swan Island Business Association … Read more

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More criticism leveled at proposed Greenway Trail route

“N. Greeley as an alternative to the Cement Road is unacceptable. The trail is to be a Willamette River Greenway Trail, not a tour of a truck route.”— NPGreenway statement The alignment for the North Portland Greenway Trail project being proposed by the Portland Parks & Recreation bureau is continuing to draw sharp criticism from … Read more

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Advocates celebrate a new path onto Swan Island

A Breakfast on the Bridge was held Wednesday to celebrate the newly revampedpath on the Going Street Bridge.(Photos © J. Maus) Yesterday was a good day for Lenny Anderson. For a man well-known to local politicians and city employees as a persistently unsatisfied advocate, he was smiling and singing the Bureau of Transportation’s praises. “I’ve … Read more

Families, freeways, among topics as Carfree Conference kicks off

Hard at work in a street redesign workshop.Photo Gallery(Photos © J. Maus) After depaving a former parking lot in North Portland yesterday, the Towards Carfree Cities Conference marched on this morning at Portland State University. The first half of the program dealt with two topics of major interest to urban planners (and anyone interested in … Read more

North Portland greenway trail moves toward vision

[Potential trail would go near University of Portland.]Photo: Scott Mizee/npGreenway Last night in North Portland the community got an update on npGreenway’s vision for a new riverfront trail that will someday link the St. John’s Bridge to the Eastbank Esplanade. A group of of about 25 citizens, trail advocates, and neighborhood leaders came together to … Read more