27 January 2008

Portland Improvement

Robert Moses was a post World War II planner that saw a future where everyone drove cars, no one used transit and most of your life was spent indoors. Just after World War II, the city of Portland asked him what he saw for our city. Thankfully, the voters decided against funding his ideas. Still, Mr. Moses probably deserves a good kick in the groin.

He is generally known as the man that made the New York City we know today. The plan he had for Portland involved removing Union Station, expanding Harbor Highway (where we currently find Tom McCall Waterfront Park), and decimating transit.

This is a summary of a very thoughtful story about Portland's development history found here. It has some great photos, too.

ht: Stumptown Confidential

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