Informational Meeting about Land Bridge over 405

Portland’s West Quadrant Plan

Land Bridge over 405

8:00am Thursday January 29th

Continental Breakfast Meeting at ProspectPDX

434 NW 6th Ave, Suite 302 in Old Town Portland

 Join us for an informational meeting about Portland’s West Quadrant Plan. This is a social mixer with business owners and everyone who cares about getting around in downtown Portland. We’ll be talking about the potential to build a land bridge over a section of 405. Architecture journalist Brian Libby has written about capping 405 and will speak at the event along with Dan Friedman. The access to 405 is the same, the freeway just goes into a “tunnel” underneath the cap that spans the two sides of the canyon. The land bridge would connect the neighborhoods west of downtown to the city center and create new space for parks and development. What could be built atop the freeway that will make this project most compelling to Portlanders?

autobahnGraphic from Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment in Hamburg, Germany

The City of Portland West Quadrant Plan includes Freeway Capping in its twenty year plan. A public hearing on the plan happens February 4 and Prospect PDX will host an informational meeting 8am Thursday January 29 to discuss the potential for a land bridge over 405. We’ll review structures built over freeways in other cities around the world, and Dan Friedman will present a slideshow of the retail cap built over the I-670 in Columbus, Ohio.

It’s inspiring to remember Tom McCall Park began as a citizen driven initiative and the potential for a cap over 405 was studied by Mayor Vera Katz’s administration. We’ll talk about what we’d like to see built and creative ways to finance a structure. We anticipate Karl Lisle and Mark Raggett from the City of Portland will be at the meeting to answer questions and provide perspective as we look into the conditions that make the freeway cap a practical solution to the demand for new space.

With a twenty year plan, it’s possible to place the freeway capping in the context of a realistic timeline that prioritizes the most needful projects in the West Quadrant and projects a tipping point when it makes sense to create a land bridge over 405. We’re going to talk about where on 405 and what could be built on a land bridge that will make the project most practical, and possible. You’re welcome to attend! If you’d like to join the conversation, please RSVP: arthur@prospectpdx.com