Neighborhood Alleys: Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Mill St. Planning wants to hear about it.
A group of graduate students from PSU’s Urban and Regional Planning program is working in the Lents, Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhoods this year to listen and learn from your about how these alleys affect your lives.
It turns out the Foster alleys are something special in the City of Portland. Only a handful of neighborhoods even have alleys, and pretty much no one really uses them to their full potential.
Their project is just getting rolling, but they’re already hard at work mapping and cataloging all the they alleys in the neighborhood. They’ve been spotted hitting the town at the neighborhood Libraries, neighborhood association meetings, and city planning events.
This project is the final “workshop” project to the PSU graduate degree program Urban and Regional Planning. The team is working with the Foster Green Ecodistrict Steering Committee, a local neighborhood organization. Out of 40 projects proposals submitted to PSU from all around the city, only six were selected by student teams.
These projects are high-profile, professional quality work, and we are lucky to be receiving their attention. As an example of how big the impact of these projects can be, consider that the Portland Mercado coming to 72nd & Foster started it’s life as a PSU workshop project in 2011, and will be breaking ground later this year.
The team expects to prepare a “revitalization guide” designed for you to use on your quest to make your alley as awesome as it can be. The team will prepare three pilot visions, hopefully one for each neighborhood, to help give your project a kick start.
If you live on a street with an alley, please take couple minutes out of your day and tell them the story of your alley. The information they get from neighbors will help tailor their guide to meet the needs and challenges you face.
The best way to get involved right now is to express interest on the site, and let them know you want to help. The team is actively seeking alley neighbors to host Coffee Klatches to get the conversation going on a block-by-block basis.