November 13, 2006
An Artistic Take on Streetcar
I got a note a few weeks ago suggesting I visit Friendly House (NW 26th and Thurman, TriMet lines 15, 17 and 77) to take a look at some art hanging there in November.
I had a chance to drop by and was delighted to find some very whimsical and fun images of infrastructure around the city by a neighbor, Bill Badrick. Bill was kind enough to pass along a couple of electronic versions of two pieces depicting Streetcar bridges across the Willamette for me to share with Portland Transport readers. As Bill says:
With a more inclusive set of parameters such as pedestrian / bike access and green energy generation , we can broaden the perspective of the community and the decision makers.
Drop by Friendly House yourself when you have a chance and broaden your perspective!
November 13, 2006 12:01 PM
Now I KNOW that Portlanders are crazy. =P
November 13, 2006 1:40 PM
Hey, that's great!
When can we expect the OMSI windfarm to come online, anyways?
November 13, 2006 1:43 PM
Paul Edgar Says:
I like the artistic renderings, it is idealistic. However the sobering facts is that we have so many critical needs and so little money this picture scares me.
To me, lets get going with the Hawthorne Bridge alterations that will allow the Streetcar to again use it and put the money that the bridge cost, to extending the Streetcars into a greeater number of the neighborhoods centers and get more total SOV's off of our roads.
It is all about priorities and return on investment.
November 14, 2006 2:52 PM
bill badrick Says:
A thought for Paul : The Artistic Design of Infrastructure is a critical priority too. If
we continue to build and restore Designs from
past eras and technologies , we impoverish our
Visual Lives. Folks who would not dream of driving
a Model T , worship out-of-date undersized ugly bridges like the Hawthorne and the Sellwood. We
have a City full of gifted Designers who do beautiful work all over the country , and need our
patronage. If revenue is a concern , then seek a
Carbon Tax at the pump. SOV's can pay for the privilege they enjoy.