>Urban Growth Bounty 2010

>The City of Portland is committed to good food. The Urban Growth Bounty 2010 education series, presented by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s food program, offers 82 classes to help residents learn how to transform their yards into “urban farms,” keep chickens and bees, preserve their harvest, make cheese, and prepare great tasting and healthy meals.

Class descriptions and online registration links.
Questions? Please call Steve Cohen, Program Manager, at 503-823-4225.

Cluck, Cluck. Buzzzzzzzzzz.

>The Portland Plan – Take the Survey

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The Portland Plan will be our City’s strategic plan for the next 25 years, ensuring that Portland is a thriving and sustainable city and our people are prosperous, healthy and educated. The last time Portland created a plan like this was in 1980. Now we’re at the next big fork in the road.

Help shape the plan!

The Portland Plan will take a new approach to city planning by focusing attention on the things that affect our daily lives, such as safety, neighborhood livability, quality education and affordable housing. Please take a moment to answer the survey questions. Your answers will help prioritize our investments in our future.

>Memorial Coliseum Update

>The proposals are in. Go see for yourself how the Memorial Coliseum could be transformed.

Jan. 26, 5 p.m. Memorial Coliseum

More than 95 different proposals were submitted for the renovation or adaptive reuse of Portland’s Memorial Coliseum. Anyone interested in attending the event should visit the website for more information and to print out the free RSVP voucher needed for admission. Doors at Memorial Coliseum will open at 5 p.m., and the registration-required, free and open-to-the-public event will run until approximately 8:30 p.m.

About the process
On Jan. 26, everyone who submitted a concept will have the opportunity to set up a table with additional information and answer questions from event attendees. Concepts that utilize the full building (full concepts), and some which don’t utilize the full building (partial concepts) will also have the opportunity to give a short presentation to the 32-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the general public.

The SAC will make recommendations to Portland City Council in late February as to which full concepts should continue on in the process as well as provide input on partial concepts to receive the formal Request for Proposal (RFP) from the city. The RFP will be issued in March and responses will be due in April. City Council expects to select the winning proposal in late May.

To view the proposals, visit the concepts page.

>Portland Main Street Program

>Main Street Kick-Off Meeting TONIGHT to find out how you can help your neighborhood business district become a Portland Main Street! Urban Renewal Areas are not included in the program at this time.

Time: January 14, 2010, 6:30 –8:00 PM, doors open at 6:00 PM
Location: Friendship Masonic Center, 5626 NE Alameda St.

For more information on the entire Program:
http://www.pdc.us/pdf/bus_serv/mainstreet/Portland-Main-Street-Brochure.pdf

>Portlanders examine long-range plans to shape transportation and livability

>(PORTLAND, OR) – Imagine getting around Portland twenty years from now, with streetcars serving neighborhood business districts and an extensive network of bikeways so safe, comfortable, and attractive that more than a quarter of all trips are made on a bicycle.

That's a future that could come true if the City adopts a new Streetcar System Plan and a 2009 update to the 1996 Bicycle Master Plan.

The public is invited to help shape this transportation transformation at a series of six May open houses around the city to showcase the two long-range plans. Visit the open house event in your community to learn more about the City's strategic investment in green transportation:

Neighborhood Time and date Location

North Portland 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.Mon. May 11, 2009 Roosevelt High School Cafeteria
6941 N. Central, Portland 97203

Central City and Northwest Portland 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.Wed. May 13, 2009 Portland Building, Room C, 2nd Floor
1120 SW 5th Ave, Portland 97204

Northeast Portland 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.Thur. May 14, 2009 Grant High School Cafeteria, _
2245 NE 36th Ave, Portland 97212

At each event, you may drop in anytime between four and seven, and there will be brief remarks by a member of Mayor Adams's staff at 6:00 p.m. There will be bicycle parking, light refreshments, and certified childcare in English and Spanish.

The 1996 Bicycle Master Plan made Portland the top bicycling city in the nation and became recognized as a national model. Over the past dozen years, the City has successfully implemented many elements of the plan and created robust programs to encourage bicycling. The results: each year more people are choosing to bicycle! For example, in 2008, daily bicycle traffic over the Willamette River bridges was more than five times higher than in 1995, and 20% of all trips over the Hawthorne Bridge were made by bike. The Bicycle Master Plan 2009 update project is taking a fresh look at the next steps to make Portland a world-class bicycling city. The bicycle plan is expected to go to City Council in October, 2009.

The Streetcar System Plan looks at extending development-oriented transit throughout the City. Far outstripping the original ridership projections, the downtown streetcar now carries over 11,000 passengers per day, and ridership growth averages 15% per year. Construction of the Eastside Loop Streetcar will start this summer, with service beginning in 2011. Where else should streetcar service be located? The Streetcar System Plan is a big picture look at the City of Portland's transportation network and how streetcars might fit into this network in the future. The plan identifies a citywide network of potential streetcar corridors integrated with TriMet's existing and planned transit system. The streetcar plan is expected to go to Council in August, 2009.

According to Metro growth projections, the City of Portland's population is expected to grow from 575,000 to approximately 725,000 by the year 2030. In that same time, the region's population may grow from 1.9 million to 3 million people. As the City of Portland prepares for this growth, new cleaner, greener transportation and development strategies must be a part of the solution. Both the Streetcar System Plan and the Bicycle Master Plan are key elements of the transportation strategy in the proposed City-County Climate Action Plan, and are being coordinated with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's Portland Plan process. In addition to proposing new networks, these two planning efforts include funding and implementation strategies.

For more information on the Bicycle Master Plan, visit http://portlandonline.com/transportation/BicycleMasterPlan, e-mail bicyclemasterplan@pdxtrans.org, or call 503-823-4638.

For more information on the Streetcar System Plan, visit http://portlandonline.com/transportation/StreetcarSystemPlan, e-mailportlandstreetcarplan@pdxtrans.org, or call 503-823-5611.

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From Bureau of Transportation
Contact: Ellen Vanderslice, 503-823-4638 (Bicycle) or Patrick Sweeney, 503-823-5611 (Streetcar)
http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=39132&a=239173