Editorial: Can Brooklyn Survive Its Outdated Zoning?

Planners at the City of Portland’s Bureu of Planning are hard at work on a much-needed update to the Central City Plan.  The plan was last updated in 1988, and much has changed since that time.  It seems that mixed-use development and urban revitalization has happened along just about every major commercial street in the city.  However, very little has changed in Brooklyn’s commercial districts.  The new Portland Plan just may be our chance to change that. Continue reading Editorial: Can Brooklyn Survive Its Outdated Zoning?

Eastside Streetcar to Start Construction in June 2009

Portland City Commissioners have voted to spend $6.3 million dollars to help jump start the planned eastside extension of the popular Portland Streetcar.  Current plans call for a new line to be built from the existing line in the Pearl District, across the Broadway Bridge to the Rose Quarter and the Lloyd District before heading south on MLK Boulevard and Grand Avenue to OMSI.  Discussions area already being held on the idea of a future extension along Milwaukie Avenue so that streetcar service could be extended to the Brooklyn and Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhoods. Continue reading Eastside Streetcar to Start Construction in June 2009

Editorial:Where in the world is Maria Rojo de Steffey?

Commuters in and around the Brooklyn Neighborhood found an even worse than usual evening commute on Thursday, July 31st.  A large water main at SE 11TH Avenue and Tacoma streets, broke and caused an emergency closure of the aging Sellwood Bridge.  Traffic along Tacoma Street, Milwaukie Avenue, Powell Boulevard, McLoughlin Boulevard, the Ross Island Bridge and the Hawthorne Bridge came to a near standstill.  One can only wonder if this is an omen of what future commutes will be like if the Sellwood Bridge is closed permanently. Continue reading Editorial:Where in the world is Maria Rojo de Steffey?