When: Starting early evening May 8th for one week (exact times are approximate)
Were: Broadway between 24th and 7th streets
What: An experiment that will temporarily replace the northern-most travel lane with parking while using the existing parking lane as an imagined extension of the sidewalk, or “activated space” for businesses to program. The current bike lane will remain a bike lane, parked cars will act as a buffer between the cyclists and the remaining two lanes of west-bound traffic.
Why: The goal is to create a more vibrant, healthy, and livable Broadway corridor where businesses will be reinvigorated; where local and regional residents will be excited to shop, eat, get their hair cut, hang out and enjoy the day; where travelers to Portland will mark their map as a must-see destination point in the city.
Who: Better Blocks PDX; along with Broadway/Weidler Alliance (BWA), the Portland State University (PSU) School of Urban Planning, and the assistance of individual business associations and neighborhoods, including the Irvington Community Association.