CREW Luncheon

November 8th 2012
Time: 11:45 am
Location: Multnomah Athletic Club

South Waterfront Vision: Has it Been Realized?
The emerging South Waterfront district embodies everything Portland politicians have ever dreamed of in the way of public planning: high-density, mixed-use, mixed-income development with communal open space; reclaimed waterfront property; a new bridge over the Willamette River reserved exclusively for transit, pedestrians and bicyclists; long-term reduction of surface parking; construction of an aerial tram, streetcar, light rail and a new pedestrian walkway over I-5; green building design; and the total reconstruction of the major north-south road (Moody Street) into a streetcar-bikeway-pedestrian showcase.

The expectations for urban design are high, but are they being met? John Charles of Cascade Policy Institute will share preliminary findings from his field research regarding travel behavior in the district, and discuss the economic feasibility of the South Waterfront vision.
John Charles is president and CEO of Cascade Policy Institute.  From 1997 to 2004 Mr. Charles was environmental policy director with Cascade. In that capacity, he conducted research in a wide variety of topics, including urban growth management, transportation, air quality, climate change, and land-use planning. He is a frequent keynote speaker and has addressed audiences in 27 states over the past decade.

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