Parks, Parking Disconnect

Yesterday I swung by Pioneer Courthouse Square to check out the open house on planning for the new parks and updates to Park Block 5, O’Bryant Square and Ankeny Park.

One of the panels was about the “Park Avenue Vision” urban design concept which is intended to tie these parks together and link them to both the North and South Park Blocks. This panel had pictures of four great pedestrian streets from around the world (lousy cell phone photo below). One of the unifying themes: they were all car free.
Yesterday I swung by Pioneer Courthouse Square to check out the open house on planning for the new parks and updates to Park Block 5, O’Bryant Square and Ankeny Park.

One of the panels was about the “Park Avenue Vision” urban design concept which is intended to tie these parks together and link them to both the North and South Park Blocks. This panel had pictures of four great pedestrian streets from around the world (lousy cell phone photo below). One of the unifying themes: they were all car free.

The vision panel immediately above (online copy lifted from Portland Online) for Portland’s implementation shows parking for the retail, so cars would obviously be going in and out.

Am I the only one who thinks this could be a monkey wrench in a great urban experience?

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