New York’s done it, and so has Minneapolis — now it’s Portland’s turn to change streets into pedestrian plazas, even if it’s just for a weekend.
BikePortland reports that neighborhood businesses and livable street advocates are planning a three-day demonstration in early October. It’s supposed to be one the country’s largest pop-up street projects to date, and is modeled after public spaces in Western Europe.
Organizers and volunteers will build about 150 wooden planters to create protected bike lanes between Northwest Davis and Southwest Ash streets, plus a massive pedestrian space in front of VooDoo Doughnuts in Old Town. Sidewalk cafes will move in to give it that true European plaza feel.
“It seems to be a pivotal opportunity for many people — businesses, residents, tourists and visitors — to look to see what it could look like with this change, how it might be able to positively affect the neighborhood on a broader scale,” said Dan Lenzen, owner of Dixie Tavern, in an interview with the biking website.
The area will open at 7 a.m. Oct. 3 and close Oct. 5.