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Community development -- Oregon -- Portland, Public spaces -- Oregon -- Portland -- Design


The Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association anticipated the imminent development of 15-acres of waterfront property (the Steel Hammer Site) in the heart of their community and worked with the PSU MURP team to bolster the voice of the community through public engagement and thoughtful urban planning. The student team reached out to the neighbors, talked with shareholders, conducted site analysis, and developed a shared community vision for the Steel Hammer Site, which resulted the Cathedral Waterfront Plan that includes:

  • Twelve community goals for future development
  • Three scenarios demonstrating how development on the Steel Hammer Site could contribute to community priorities without disregarding practical and business considerations
  • Strategies for negotiating community benefits on the site

The PSU student team also developed a toolkit of strategies and tips for future public engagement in the neighborhood and ways the neighborhood can influence the development process in light of the current and intense market pressures in North Portland.

This project was conducted under the supervision of Sy Adler, Marisa A. Zapata and Susan Hartnett


Client: Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association Board

Background information and the Toolkit are available in the Additional Files below.


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Cathedral-Park-Background.pdf (19589 kB)
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Cathedral-Park-Toolkit.pdf (3171 kB)