08 June 2009

Orenco Station

Orenco Station is a new neighborhood on the outskirts of Portland, OR. Built at a light rail station connecting it with much of Portland Metro, it was been widely studied and written about as a New Urbanist Case Study. A quick glance at a map shows the central density, public open space, alleys and lack of cul-de-sacs. But based on my visits, it has also become a Main Street that is visited by folks from other parts of the region for dinners or shopping, which makes it work even more like a real downtown.

Some of these photos are from a time when it was still unfinished, so they may look a little underoccupied. Have you been? Did it feel right to you?

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