The project would consider problems and solutions for North Lombard Street roughly between NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and N Washburne Ave. North Lombard is designated a “main street” in the Metro 2040 Growth Concept, and it is also US 30 – a state highway. The goal of the project is to explore ways to create a more walkable and vibrant main street that serves and unites our neighborhoods. There are issues around pedestrian safety and comfort, transit service, sense of place, land use, and economic development/business vitality. These issues are affected by Lombard’s designation as state highway and freight route. The outcomes of the work may help inform the City’s Comprehensive Plan update for this area.
The Lombard corridor is one of the most active public transit areas in the City of Portland. However, Lombard lacks attractive sidewalks and safe street crossings beyond the Interstate Avenue intersection. Much could be accomplished when considering the pedestrian experience.
As much of an economic hub as Lombard is, it lacks a true sense of place and vitality. Kenton is well known for the giant Paul Bunyan statue and the Denver Avenue businesses. Arbor Lodge has the beautiful park along Willamette Boulevard. In between these gems is North Lombard Street – a long stretch of road that many simply consider as a means to get from point A to point B. The great thing about Lombard Street is that a vital Lombard can help meet the City’s goal for the 20 minute neighborhood. Much could be examined in regards to land use, design and economic development.
It is in the best interest for all North Portland associations and alliances to support student efforts to study this key North Portland commercial corridor, especially considering the City of Portland’s current Comprehensive Plan update effort. Between North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS), ALNA, PNA, KNA, KBA,and ICBA, and other possible stakeholders, we offer full support to planning students.
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