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The Mt. Hood Freeway and the Preservation of Southeast Portland

Planned route of the Mt. Hood Freeway.

Planned route of the Mt. Hood Freeway.

This is a special opportunity to explore some of the key forces that shaped (and may continue to shape) our neighborhood. The very knowledgeable presenters both happen to be former HAND Board members.

The Road Not Taken: The Mt. Hood Freeway and the Preservation of Southeast Portland
Saturday, November 8th
10 a.m. – Noon
Architectural Heritage Center (ACH)
701 SE Grand Avenue
General Public: $18 Members: $13

The story of the once-planned but never constructed Mount Hood Freeway has attained legendary status as a tale of grass-roots efforts by citizens to preserve their Portland neighborhoods.

Join urban planner Richard Ross and our own education manager/historian Val Ballestrem for a look back at the post-World War II era of freeway building in Portland, a time society became oriented around the automobile. How did Portland change from a bicycle and streetcar city in the early 20th century to a Freeway City by mid-century? Where did the idea come from that freeways could solve our traffic woes? And why did the freeway antagonists prevail in this case?

Learn how changing times and laws empowered freeway opponents and political leaders alike, leading to new transportation options including light rail, the revitalization of downtown, and the preservation of several southeast Portland neighborhoods that stood in the swath of the planned freeway.

Pre-registration is encouraged – online at http://www.visitahc.org or call the AHC at (503) 231-7264. 701 SE Grand Avenue Portland, OR 97214 * Tel: 503 231-7264 * Fax: 503 231-7311 * Hours: Wed. – Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. * 701 SE Grand Avenue Portland, OR 97214 * Tel: 503 231-7264 * Fax: 503 231-7311 * Hours: Wed. – Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. *

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