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Virtual Workshop: Learning by Doing: Streets for People
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Portland has joined many cities around the world in an experiment that involved rapidly closing streets to vehicular traffic to serve as public space for people to gather and businesses to reopen safely. With the availability of vaccines bringing us to the cusp of a post-COVID reality, it’s time to plan for our recovery. What lessons can we carry forward from this past year’s experimentation in Portland and elsewhere? How can we modify, transform and manage existing public space infrastructure notably streets—to allow for a wider range of activities? How can we engage under-represented groups and increase the diversity of voices to co-create more equitable placemaking processes and outcomes?

Join a conversation about these issues with policymakers, practitioners, the private sector, community advocates and faculty and students from Portland State University and the University of Oregon. Help identify issues and opportunities to collaborate on current and potential projects that test new ideas based on lessons learned. We will re-convene in April to conduct hands-on workshops focused on those projects. Findings from both events will be documented and shared at a third gathering in May as part of an ongoing community dialogue.

We are the Portland Urban Design Collaborative: an emerging network of practitioners and advocates concerned with designing, creating and sustaining healthy communities. You don’t need to be a designer to join us; just be willing to think creatively about a wide range of urban challenges facing the Portland city region.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University (PSU), the PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs and College of the Arts, and the City of Portland's Bureau of Transportation.

Mar 4, 2021 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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