The Better Block Portland project runs this Friday October 3rd to Sunday October 5th. Better Block PDX is an all-volunteer group that seeks to provide low-cost, temporary treatments to public right of ways to foster creative thinking about how best to use such spaces.
The project will transform several blocks of Third Avenue north and south of West Burnside in Old Town. The temporary demonstration will include more places for people walk, sit and gather and also a protected southbound bike lane on Third Avenue from NW Davis St. to SW Ash St. The project is supported by the Old Town Hospitality Group and the Old Town Chinatown Community Association. To see a depiction of the project, click here.
This weekend, the group is hoping that the temporary re-design will highlight potential alternatives to the current street closures on the weekends. With the number and variety of bars and restaurants in the area, owners of such businesses need to pay close attention to potential changes in how people can access and move through the area.
For more information on the event, click here.