Streetcar Plan Outside-In

Yesterday, City Council adopted the Portland Streetcar System Concept Plan on a 4-0 vote.

But at the beginning of the hearing Mayor Adams expressed his “legislative intent” that we seriously look at building the system from the outside in, rather than from the central city outward. Neighborhood representatives from places like St. John’s, Hazelwood, and Powellhurst-Gilbert supported this in their testimony, pointing out that Streetcar is an excellent tool to help create 20-minute neighborhoods.

The Portland Plan will need to do some significant work to make these outer corridors viable, but if we can pull that off, this could be truly transformative for these outer neighborhoods.

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