City planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Parks -- Oregon -- Portland -- Planning, Urban -- Oregon -- Portland
Despite longstanding ambitions and multiple planning efforts, Portland’s goal of embracing and enhancing the Willamette River as the heart of the central city has only been partially fulfilled. The removal of an expressway and the creation of Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park in the 1970s and the river’s recently improved environmental quality represent major successes. However, few opportunities exist for park visitors to use the river for recreation, and Portland’s downtown waterfront lacks vibrancy, largely as the result of difficult or unclear connections to the downtown business district, surrounding neighborhoods, and the eastside. Additionally, public use of the park, a regional amenity, is restricted during summer months due to the fencing off of large parts of the park for limited-access events. The implementation of visions from prior plans over recent years has been limited by constrained City budgets.
This project was conducted under the supervision of Sy Adler, Marisa A. Zapata and Gil Kelley.
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Cotton, Rachel; Kessi, Janai; Nilenders, Eve; Russell, Lauren; Yaden, Andrew; and Young, Jeremy, "Downtown Portland Waterfront Activation Strategy" (2014). Master of Urban and Regional Planning Workshop Projects. 84.