Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Sound planning, transit, and historic preservation--does it get any better than Portland Oregon?

Go By Streetcar Neon Sign @Streetcar Lofts, Portland, ORPhoto from

This year the National Trust for Historic Preservation annual meeting is in Portland, Oregon. I'm going, in large part to experience the transit infrastructure there.

portland ground Pioneer Square, Weekend Afternoon.jpgPioneer Square. Photo from Portland Ground.

People going to the conference might want to check out this article "Can a place be too perfect? In recent years, Portland, Oregon, has acquired a reputation as a big city with a small-town quality of life: The air is fresh, the food is organic, the streets are paved with good intentions" about things to do there.

portland ground Building with Water Tower from 12th.jpgPearl District. Photo from Portland Ground.

Classical Chinese Garden, Portland, OregonFootpath, Classical Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon.

The foot massaging stones of the walkway at the Classical Chinese Garden sound pretty good.

portland ground Max Light Rail at 1st and Ash, heading south, view to west.jpgTransit + Historic Preservation--Max Light Rail at 1st and Ash, heading south, view to west. Photo from Portland Ground.

For more Portland photos, check out Portland Ground.


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