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What do you like about this alternative?

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What do you like about this alternative?

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What do you like about this alternative?

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What do you like about this alternative?

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Of all of the conceptual alternatives, which is your preferred alternative?

Response Percent Response Count
1: Cascade 42.9% 57
2: Station 12.8% 17
3: Innovation 7.5% 10
4: Stitch 13.5% 18
5: Weave 23.3% 31

Are we missing anything in the conceptual alternatives?

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Do you have any other comments or feedback?

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Steve Pinger outside Pearl District
August 7, 2015, 3:50 PM
  • What do you like about this alternative?

    - it partially extends the park blocks;
    - it partially extends the street grid into the area;
    - it attempts to make a connection of the park blocks to the the bridge level;

  • What would you change?

    - create a continuous extension of the north park blocks to the north, no buildings between 8th and Park, Hoyt and Kearney;
    - create a continuous extension of the street grid into the area, to and including Kearney;
    - the concept seems to disregard current height and density limits;
    - recognize the significance of the Broadway and Lovejoy viaducts, and what the experience is of being next to and under them;
    - be clearer about how the conceptual massing of proposed buildings would be experienced by a person on the sidewalk next to them;

  • What do you like about this alternative?

    - Kearney St is continuous;
    - how does this "celebrate Portland's maker-doer culture"?

  • What would you change?

    - the "new civic plaza" would be hopelessly overwhelmed by the tower, and become a forecourt to it;
    - create a continuous extension of the north park blocks to the north, no buildings between 8th and Park, Hoyt and Kearney;
    - create a continuous extension of the street grid into the area, to and including Kearney;
    - the concept seems to disregard the visual relationship of the massing of the proposed buildings to Union Station;
    - the concept seems to disregard current height and density limits;
    - the concept seems to disregard new height and density limits proposed in the West Quadrant Plan;
    - recognize the significance of the Broadway and Lovejoy viaducts, and what the experience is of being next to and under them;
    - be clearer about how the conceptual massing of proposed buildings would be experienced by a person on the sidewalk next to them;

  • What do you like about this alternative?

    - the height of buildings is more humane, but the bulk of them is out of scale to the adjacent urban fabric;

  • What would you change?

    - replaces the bulk of the post office building with the bulk of four or five post office buildings;
    - create a continuous extension of the north park blocks to the north, no buildings between 8th and Park, Hoyt and Kearney;
    - create a continuous extension of the street grid into the area, to and including Kearney;
    - the concept seems to disregard current height and density limits;
    - recognize the significance of the Broadway and Lovejoy viaducts, and what the experience is of being next to and under them;
    - be clearer about how the conceptual massing of proposed buildings would be experienced by a person on the sidewalk next to them;

  • What do you like about this alternative?

    - begins to address the viaducts;
    - where's the water?

  • What would you change?

    - everything: streets are too narrow and dark, buildings are too tall, etc.;
    - create a continuous extension of the north park blocks to the north, no buildings between 8th and Park, Hoyt and Kearney;
    - create a continuous extension of the street grid into the area, to and including Kearney;
    - the concept seems to disregard the visual relationship of the massing of the proposed buildings to Union Station;
    - the concept seems to disregard current height and density limits;
    - the concept seems to disregard new height and density limits proposed in the West Quadrant Plan;
    - recognize the significance of the Broadway and Lovejoy viaducts, and what the experience is of being next to and under them;
    - be clearer about how the conceptual massing of proposed buildings would be experienced by a person on the sidewalk next to them;

  • What do you like about this alternative?

    - how does it "utilize under-bridge (viaduct) space"?;
    - how it might look from an airplane...;

  • What would you change?

    - everything: streets are too narrow and dark, buildings are too tall, etc.;
    - create a continuous extension of the north park blocks to the north, no buildings between 8th and Park, Hoyt and Kearney;
    - create a continuous extension of the street grid into the area, to and including Kearney;
    - the concept seems to disregard the visual relationship of the massing of the proposed buildings to Union Station;
    - the concept seems to disregard current height and density limits;
    - the concept seems to disregard new height and density limits proposed in the West Quadrant Plan;
    - recognize the significance of the Broadway and Lovejoy viaducts, and what the experience is of being next to and under them;
    - be clearer about how the conceptual massing of proposed buildings would be experienced by a person on the sidewalk next to them;

  • Of all of the conceptual alternatives, which is your preferred alternative?
    • 1: Cascade
  • Are we missing anything in the conceptual alternatives?

    I believe that you are missing the most obvious concept, which is the one that extends the existing urban fabric of Portland into this area with the park blocks and the street grid, and respects the visual presence of Union Station, and creates a human-scaled environment of low and mid-rise buildings that people feel comfortable being next to, as well as living and working in.

  • Do you have any other comments or feedback?

    - in many of the concepts, there seems to be a significant dissonance between what is being proposed and the principles that the proposals are intending to reflect;
    - these concepts mostly appear more like the result of a private exercise in creating speculative real estate than a public process to create a humane, civil and civic environment;

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While the Framework Plan encompasses the larger Broadway Corridor area, the focus for this survey is the approximately 14-acre USPS site. Please take your time to review the following five preliminary USPS site concepts. The concepts represent a spectrum of ideas, and certain elements are intended to provoke reactions regarding what you want and don’t want to see in this location in the future.

We would like to hear your feedback. Your input will inform our decisions to retain, eliminate, or combine various elements as we refine and test concepts for the area, with the goal of reaching a preferred concept in early September. The concepts were informed by the previous input received regarding the Five Guiding Principles and key characteristics and urban design features in the study area.

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USPS CONCEPT 1: CASCADE

This concept highlights the end point of the North Park Blocks within the Post Office site and connects this open space to the series of parks to the west; provides a central route for the Green Loop biking path; connects public spaces via steps or a pathway to the “Y” of the Broadway Bridge.

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USPS CONCEPT 2: STATION

This concept emphasizes Union Station as an icon for the district by creating a new civic plaza in front of the station and activating space under the Broadway Bridge; extends the Green Loop bike path around the Post Office site along the Broadway Bridge.

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USPS CONCEPT 3: INNOVATION

This concept maximizes the size of building floorplates to accommodate a large anchor employer while maintaining a high level of pedestrian access at the ground floor; emphasizes lower building heights without sacrificing room for employment growth; extends the Green Loop bike path through and around the site.

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USPS CONCEPT 4: STITCH

This concept connects Pearl District, Union Station, and Old Town/Chinatown through an emphasis on public spaces and water features; enhances views of the river; extends the Green Loop bike path around the site.

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USPS CONCEPT 5: WEAVE

This concept provides multiple paths and open spaces throughout the site and emphasizes connections to adjacent neighborhoods on both sides of the river through smaller block pattern; extends the Green Loop bike path through and around the site.

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