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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Portland 2035: The Theoretical Map

Posted by Dirk VanderHart on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:59 AM

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As the Oregonian pointed out Monday evening, the city's released a new interactive map containing all potential projects that might make the cut as part of the seemingly never-ending process of creating a new Comprehensive Plan.

The map has tabs for transportation, zoning and infrastructure projects put forth by various city bureaus, and it'd be pointless trying to summarize them—or even using the map to try and get a good enough handle on them all that you could summarize. But click around, and you'll find plenty of interesting possibilities.

For instance:

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Would the city really pull the trigger—in the next 20 years—on new car-free bridges over I-84? The city's bike lobby has been hoping so for a while now.

Less expensive and just as hotly coveted: The first winding segment of a multimodal trail along the railroad tracks of Sullivan's Gulch that could give cyclists, pedestriants, and Razor scooterers a breezy east-west commute.

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Also, here are the initial outer limits PBOT has apparently designated for Portland's long awaited, twice-delayed bikeshare system:

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We've always known the first phase of the system—if/when it arrives—would be focused on the city's relatively prosperous center, with potential subsequent expansions moving share-bikes closer to populations that might need them more (though those areas aren't necessarily magnets for the tourists that can make or break a bike share system). I'm not sure i'd seen the system so starkly limned, though. It's clear there's demand for bike share outside those boundaries.

Anyway, have at it. See what's maybe coming to your neighborhood. Go NIMBY.

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