Connect the Park Blocks! Saturday, Aug. 20th

Join Better Block PDX and Oregon Walks for the first ever Oregon Walkways:  a celebration of public space along the historic Portland Park Blocks – north and south of Burnside.  Kick-off walk from SW Ankeny & Broadway (Ankeny Square by Bailey’s Tap Room) to the International Open Street Summit at PSU at 11am on Saturday. Open to all ages and abilities.

See the flyer and event map below, or get them here:
Event Flyer                              ActivityMap

 

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This is a non-profit, tremendous volunteer effort and we thank the community for such great support.  More volunteers are always welcome for this and future projects: volunteer.betterblockpdx@gmail.com

 

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Better Block…coming to a street near you in Summer 2016!

Better Block projects are heating up this summer.  Two projects specifically could use your help:

GREEN LOOP (Oregon Walkways: Connect the Park Blocks– August 20th
Better Burnside Bridge – TBA

Volunteer work parties – meetings – are open to the public and kid-friendly.  Contact Volunteer.BetterBlockPDX@gmail.com if you want to hear updates.  If your organization would like to host a meeting or get involved, reach out to us at BetterBlockPDX@gmail.com.

Scheduled Volunteer Work Parties6pm start unless otherwise noted:

6/2- GREEN LOOP 2nd meeting. Location: OCOM*, 75 NW Couch St.
6/13- GREEN LOOP 3rd meeting. Location: OCOM

8/19 – 7pm GREEN LOOP cone deployment

Better GREEN LOOP (Oregon Walkways: Connect the Park Blocks) Activation – August 20th

Better Burnside Bridge Activation – TBA

*Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 75 NW Couch St, Conference room straight inside main entrance.

Better Broadway – Thank You

Thank you to everyone who made Better Broadway possible! For the first time in over 70 years people were able to experience a different vision for NE Broadway.

We heard a lot of feedback from people about the experiment, both in support of safer crossings and other pedestrian improvements and with concerns about the impacts of possible slower car traffic and confusion about car parking. We thank everyone who shared their thoughts with us.  After hearing feedback, we scaled down the project and clarified parking. We will be looking at the data the city collected as well as our survey results and will produce and share a report in the next several months.

We welcome volunteers to help us make this report and continue outreach – contact us at volunteer.betterblockpdx@gmail.com to get involved. Our original outreach involved hand delivering flyers 3 separate times as well as emails through the NE Broadway Business Association, surrounding neighborhood associations, newsletters, and flyers on telephone poles. Any ideas on how we can improve this outreach are appreciated.

To participate in the survey go to the Better Block PDX website here: tinyurl.com/BroadwayPDX
To share your pictures or videos with project team visit: tinyurl.com/BroadwayPDXpictures
The future of NE Broadway has always been in the hands of those who use it. How our streets work impacts what kind of activities can occur in and around them. As our communities and expectations of our city change it is important to keep an open mind about what our streets should look like. We hope that we have inspired people that change is always possible.

Thank you all for the opportunity to build a better Broadway. We especially appreciate all the businesses who have supported this project. From expanding beyond your doors to financial support, the passion of the businesses on Broadway inspired all of us. Below are some pictures of the last week.

 

Better Block PDX – NE Broadway Team

Better NE Broadway Menu

Better Block volunteers have spent a LOT of time with businesses on NE Broadway over the past few months.  In recognition of a great place to work and live, and in gratitude for the time and energy the owners and employees put into building community, we have put together a local menu of our favorite culinary options.  If you have an additional recommendation, let us know at Volunteer.BetterBlockPDX@gmail.com. Bon appetite – Broadway style!

Taste of Broadway

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Photo credit: Ben L. on Yelp.com

Better Naito – Summer 2016

In case you had not heard the bigger and Better Naito news, here is a list of media coverage for Better Naito’s re-opening.  Have more to add to this list or want to get involved in this year’s cone deployment? Email us at BetterBlockPDX@gmail.com


4/26 Bike Portland: City brings back “Better Naito” for three months starting in May

4/26 The Portland Mercury: Naito Parkway is Going to Get a LOT More People-Friendly for Three Months This Summer

4/26 Portland Business Journal: Naito Parkway to again close during Waterfront festival season

4/27 1190 KEX: Better Naito is Back in Portland for Three Months

4/27 KOIN 6: ‘Better Naito’ back, and better, says city

KATU: “Pedestrians are the priority”
http://katu.com/news/local/lane-closure-for-festivals-begins-monday-on-naito-parkway

Follow Better Naito on Twitter using the hashtag #betternaito: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23betternaito&src=typd

Also, this year comes with a new web address: www.betternaito.com