Here is more detailed information on the proposals discussed at last night’s 7 Corners Meeting:
The Bureau of Planning and Office of Transportation have been working with local business owners and neighbors to explore ideas that will make the 7 Corners intersection safer for pedestrians and bicycles, transform the intersection into a neighborhood center, and minimize vehicle congestion. We have come up with three conceptual alternatives for discussion at a community workshop (held) Monday, October 6.
The alternatives have been posted on the Bureau of Planning website: www.portlandonline.com/planning/7corners
THESE ARE CONCEPTUAL DRAWINGS MEANT TO STIMULATE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ABOUT TRADEOFFS AND IMPACTS. NOT ALL OF THE DETAILS HAVE BEEN WORKED OUT. THEY ARE A STARTING POINT FOR DISCUSSION. WE ARE SEEKING INPUT ON A GENERAL DIRECTION WITH A LIST OF ISSUES AND CONCERNS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED.
The overall framework for the 7 Corners area includes gateways at 19th and 22nd Avenues with a central place or focus area at the intersection itself. The alternatives are designed to explore different configurations for this focal point that will use building orientation and streetscape improvements to create a central “place”.
Alternative 1 – Ladd Square
This alternative looks at restricting access for cars and buses at the end of Ladd Avenue and using the right-of-way to create a new public square at the heart of the 7 Corners intersection.
Alternative 2 – “T” Intersection
This alternative shifts the focal point to the 21st Avenue intersection with urban plazas as an extension of the sidewalk.
Alternative 3 – 21st Avenue Corridor
This alternative creates a new 2-block long pedestrian-friendly, commercial corridor that connects Division and Clinton.
Each of these alternatives has different impacts, both good and bad, depending on your point of view. The October 6 workshop will provide a forum to discuss those impacts and provide guidance for refining a preferred strategy. Based on public comments and feedback at this workshop, a preferred strategy will be formulated for discussion at a follow-up meeting on November 3.
For more information, please give me a call or send me an email.
SE District Liaison
Bureau of Planning
City of Portland
(503) 823-3527 (direct)