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City planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Transportation Planning--Research


The Cathedral Park Neighborhood is a wonderful area to live with beautiful parks and a vibrant commercial center. Unfortunately, the current transportation infrastructure makes it difficult to access everything this neighborhood has to offer without a car. A few of the transportation issues with which current residents must contend are:

  • The neighborhood has no bike lanes or marked crosswalks.
  • Several streets dead-end because of steep terrain issues.
  • The steepness also makes it difficult or impossible for many people, including older persons or people with disabilities, to access the river and Cathedral Park.
  • Many streets are unpaved and uncomfortable to use.
  • Bus service is too infrequent and takes too long to get to key destinations.

Cathedral Mobility addresses these concerns, but it also looks to anticipate future changes. Cathedral Park and St. Johns are growing, with denser development, population growth, increased congestion, and a need for more transportation options. For instance, the City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan recently designated the low-density, mainly industrial area at the bottom of the hill as a Mixed Use-Urban Center (MU-UC). The intent of this zoning designation is to concentrate denser residential and commercial growth in town centers instead of spreading it over the entire region. The increase in people working and living at the bottom of the hill will likely intensify the need for improvements to the local transportation network.

The booklet is available in the Additional Files below.


Special thanks to Lindsay Jensen, Betsy Valle, St Johns Coffee Roasters, Derek Abe, Zachary Horowitz, Dalton Vodden, Schrunk Riverview Tower staff, Anna Bannanas Cafe, Mason Marsh, Sofia Alvarez-Castro, Adrienne Chaille, and Julianne Reno.

Faculty workshop advisors: Marisa Zapata and Deborah Stein


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