There are two events this week sure to excite the most civic-minded of you. One will address the needs of 82nd Avenue and the efforts to improve it. The other will present concepts for re-zoning and planning the future of our commercial corridors in the city.
With expected population growth, a new comprehensive plan coming, and an emphasis on smart and sustainable planning, the Mixed Use Zones Project is the city’s attempt to make our commercial corridors ready for these changes to come, as well as make our neighborhoods more livable. If you’re not quite sure how this applies, remember that our neighborhood is bordered by two busy commercial corridors. The next workshops are November 5 and 6, from 6 – 9 pm. Check the above link for more details.
In regards to one of our commercial corridors, in particular, 82nd Avenue is a beast unto itself. It crosses a large swath of the city, touches several neighborhoods, and is currently under the jurisdiction of the state—not the city of Portland. The latter fact is what poses a particular problem for folks interested in improving the busy thoroughfare. But there’s potential on 82nd, along with a growing effort to realize that potential. Join the 82nd Avenue Improvement Coalition, as well as tranpsortation planners and representatives from the state, to hear about the needs of 82nd, how they’re being conceptualized, and what options there are to help improve it. The Town Hall meeting will take place on November 6, from 6:30 – 8 pm, at the PCC Southeast campus.