As Portland grows into the city it dreams of becoming, we have the opportunity to see the forces that shape our city in a new light. If we think of getting from point A to point B as a pollution-generating necessity, then our streets occupy the same mental category as our sewers. But if we think of the freedom to move about the region as a human right that better connects us to each other and to the natural world, our creative minds get inspired.
The public right of way comprises 30% of the real estate of the city. As a society, we must decide what values will drive the allocation of this tremendous shared resource.
Economic vitality depends on efficient and equitable mobility. The past century of transportation investment has been dominated by the auto and oil industries. What community and business voices will shape the transportation investments of the next 100 years?
Let's challenge ourselves to develop a new perspective on this issue that is rooted in its potential to support equity, commerce, freedom, and quality of life. This event will provide context, inspiration, and concrete tools for civic engagement.
Featuring a panel of transportation leaders moderated by Adam Davis, Executive Director of Oregon Humanities:
- Juan Carlos González, Metro Councilor
- Jessica Vega Pederson, Multnomah County Commissioner
- Jillian Detweiler, Executive Director of the Street Trust
- Chris Warner, Interim Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation
- Doug Kelsey, TriMet General Manager
Hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine.
If not a member of Portland Design Week, feel free to register directly through Eventbrite.
Photo credit: Trimet