May 6th, 2008 | by COREY PEIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP, City Hall, Business

Three Things Portland Has Lost Since 1972, As Chronicled By Planning Papers

     
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NO. 1: THE COURAGE TO CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO
From the "transportation" section of the April 1, 2008, city planning document with the monstrous title, "Portland Plan: Conditions, Trends & Issues: Central Portland Plan Assessment: DRAFT: For Public Review":
"…not all transportation planning goals have been met, or even appear to be achievable now, decades later. For example, one goal of the [1972] Downtown Plan was a mass transit system that would carry 75% of the passenger trips to and through the downtown core, and provide a viable alternative to the private vehicle—i.e., a fast, inexpensive, convenient and comfortable system. The 75% "mode split" seems unrealistic (instead, the automobile captures nearly that share, with transit closer to 15%)."

Well, so much for that idea. After all, why should we expect so many people to use mass transit, with $200 oil on the way?

NO. 2: BREVITY
Back then, they just called it the "1972 Downtown Plan."

NO. 3: SNAZZY ILLUSTRATIONS
Check these out! (From the '72 plan.)
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They're much warmer and more compelling than this flat, Adobe-spawned disaster, no?
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As long as we're on the subject, this came in over the transom today...a schedule of upcoming public meetings—er, "listening points"—for the upcoming Portland Plan revamp, in case you feel like bitching to city officials about points No. 1, 2 or 3, or sharing your hope and heartache at visionPDX, the sequel.
Follow this link for background on the Portland Plan update. Here's the schedule of May meetings:
Mon. May 12th; 6:30–8:30 pm
Roseway Heights Middle School Cafeteria
7334 NE Siskiyou, Portland

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Thurs. May 15th; 6:30–8:30 pm
King Elementary School Cafeteria
4906 NE 6th Avenue, Portland

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Mon. May 19th; 6:30–8:30 pm
St. John's Community Center
8427 N Central Street, Portland

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Wed. May 21st; 6:30–9:30 pm
Floyd Light Middle School Cafeteria
10800 SE Washington St., Portland

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Thurs. May 22nd; 7:30–9:30 am
Ambridge Event Center
300 NE Multnomah, Portland

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Thurs. May 22nd; 6:30–8:30 pm
Richmond School Cafeteria
2276 SE 41st Avenue, Portland

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Wed. May 28th; 6:30–8:30 pm
Lincoln High School Cafeteria
1600 SW Salmon Street, Portland

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Thurs. May 29th; 6:30–8:30 pm
St. Barnabas Episcopal Parish Hall
2201 SW Vermont Street, Portland

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Sat. May 31st; 11 am–4 pm
Youth Event: Build Your Own Portland
Montavilla Community Center
8219 NE Glisan Street, Portland
 
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