Lombard Re-Imagined!

Lombard Re-Imagined is a community effort to develop a vision for a better Lombard Street.  Swift Planning Group, a team of Portland State graduate students, have partnered with several North Portland neighborhood associations (including Piedmont) on this effort that will focus on how the corridor can become a more walkable place with a unique identity that serves the needs of its neighbors.
Members of the Swift Planning Group will be at the March General Meeting to hear from you!  We’re looking forward to a discussion about your concerns, priorities, and ideas for how to make Lombard Street a street that truly works for you.  In the meantime, we’d love for Piedmont neighbors to take our online survey, like us on Facebook, or follow our website blog at www.lombardreimagined.com.  You can also e-mail us atlombardreimagined@gmail.com.
In case you need the full links that are hyperlinked above, they are:

Lombard Blvd Study

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.

What’s happening on Rosa Parks Way?

Person riding a bike on Rosa Parks Way

Bikeway coming soon (we hope). (Photo © J. Maus)

As you’ve walked, biked and drove through the neighborhood this summer you’ve probably noticed a lot of construction activity on Rosa Parks Way.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is working on a project to extend a 6-foot wide bike lanes that currently ends at the intersection with N. Vancouver and starts again on the west side of I-5.  This project will also add a center turn lane to this section of Rosa Parks Way and islands for safer crossings of Rosa Parks Way at various locations.

The PBOT plans to have this project complete by the end of August and is currently waiting for new signal equipment to be delivered.

You can find more information about the current status of the project at the BikePortland blog.  Bike Portland also has more details about the project and some background on the project.