Abundance of ‘third places’ make Dutch cities more enjoyable

Yesterday I wrote about Amsterdam’s effort to replace on-street car parking spots with urban greenery and bike parking, an initiative partly meant to create more public spaces in the city for people to enjoy. And as I pointed out in that story, residents of Amsterdam’s city center are not necessarily wanting for urban parks as … Read more

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

Mt. Scott-Arleta residents celebrate vibrant plaza on formerly violent street

“This slip lane was being used for drive-bys and a lot of violent activities.” – Nadine Salama, resident It’s rare that a sitting Portland city commissioner will dance at a public event. Rarer still when it’s in the middle of what used to be a street known for regular shootings and traffic-related violence. But that’s … Read more

New plaza springs up in former slip lane at SE 72nd and Woodstock

“Seeing the slip lane closed, the traffic calmer, and more people walking about and enjoying our neighborhood has left me with a renewed sense of hope.” – Nadine Salama, resident What began on a wish list from neighbors has become a reality. This week transportation commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty announced the latest development in her … Read more