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The Many Ways the Green Loop Could Change Portland, Explained Live

On April 24, a parade of civic leaders will talk about how the proposed "linear park" could spur other transformations.

By Zach Dundas April 14, 2017

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A conceptual rendering of the Green Loop's proposed path. The real thing may not actually glow.

The Green Loop—a proposed “linear park’’ snaking around center-city Portland—is one of the focal points of Design Week Portland, the imminent city-wide festival of big thoughts and bright thinkers. And one DWP event, in particular, gives a heady look to the future, as a series of influential thinkers talk about how the Loop could play a role in much broader and more profound changes in the cityscape and Portland's urban culture. 

The details:

Imagine a verdant, 6-mile loop for pedestrians and bicycles connecting the Pearl District, West End, Cultural District, PSU, South of Market, South Waterfront, the Central Eastside, Lloyd District, and Rose Quarter. Now imagine the bolder, taller, more urban Portland rising along it.

Last year’s Design Week Portland featured an international design competition for a strategy to bring the Green Loop to life. This year, the winner—Untitled Studio, a collective from Portland, New York, and San Francisco—is transforming DWP’s Headquarters into an interactive exhibit of their work so far.

Join journalist and Green Loop competition director Randy Gragg as he hosts a fast-paced evening of presentations by the civic leaders building a bold new Portland destined to rise along this city-shaping work of infrastructure.


Portland’s Green Loop—A Status Report: Susan Anderson, director, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, outlines the vision—and steps ahead—to make the Loop a reality

The Post Office Blocks Redevelopment: Kimberly Branam, executive director, Portland Development Commission; Kathy Berg, design partner at ZGF, on the City of Portland’s largest redevelopment site

The Portland Art Museum's Rothko Pavilion: Brian Ferriso, executive director, Portland Art Museum, on a new connection between the museum’s past, present, and future

Oregon Health Science University's South Waterfront expansion: Brian Newman, Vice President of Campus Development, OHSU, on the future of the university’s waterfront expansion

Zidell Yards: Charlene Zidell on the history and future transformation of one of Portland’s great waterfront industrial sites

OMSI Redevelopment: Carol Gossett, development manager, OMSI, on Snohetta’s master plan for 16 acres of prime, Central Eastside, waterfront land

The New Bike Bridges of I-84, I-5, and I-405: Leah Treat, director, Portland Bureau of Transportation, on the proposed new bridges connecting the Green Loop

Green Looping the Future Food Economy: Nathan Kadish, Ecotrust, and Franklin Jones of B-Line bike transport on The Redd’s food hub and the growing economy of pedal-powered goods.

Rose Quarter Futures: Rukaiyah Adams, chief investment officer, Meyer Memorial Trust; and Zari Santner, former director, Portland Parks & Recreation, on how history must be both respected and made in the Rose Quarter

The Green Loop Ahead: William Smith, Courtney Ferris, Untitled Studio, winner of the LoopPDX competition in 2016.

Portland’s Green Loop: The New Central City Rising

6:30–8:00 p.m., Mon, Apr 24, The Redd, FREE (with RSVP)

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