Mobile Workshops

The Conference is offering an exciting range of Mobile Workshops on Monday afternoon (June 17), and on Friday afternoon (June 21). These are guided tours by passionate professionals, and will augment the theme of the conference. 

The size of each Mobile Workshop is limited, so please reserve as soon as possible. Your place on the Workshop will be confirmed as soon as we have received your reservation, and payment where necessary.

* indicates that the Workshop offers AICP CM credits.

Monday, June 17    
1. Bikeable Portland* 1:30 - 5:30 $30
2. From "Pearl" to "Jade." Exploring Spatial Inequality and its Remedies* 2:00 - 5:30 $5.00
3. Orenco Station: Changing the Pattern of Suburban Growth* 2:30 - 5:30 $5.00
4. Historic Restoration of the Halprin Parks* 2:30 - 5:00 $5.00
5.  Preserving Portland's History in the West End Including Low-Cost Housing* 3:00 - 5:00 $17
Friday, June 21    
6. Orenco Station Phase 3: A Mix of Uses and Incomes* 1:00 - 4:00 Free

Monday, June 17

1. Bikeable Portland*

  • Tour Leaders: Mary Beth Henry and Vanessa Hughes
  • Speakers: Michelle DePass, Ellen Vanderslice, and Rebecca Burrell
  • Start and end point: Sentinel Hotel Governor Ballroom
  • Monday, June 17, 1:30 - 5:30
  • Price: $30 (for all day bike rental – payment in advance) plus spending money for refreshments
  • (Maximum 12 cyclists)
  • Before you can go on the tour, you must review and sign the Liability Release for each particpant. You will not be able to go on the tour if your name is not on the list of those who signed the release.
  • The tour operator will need your height! During the checkout process, put your height in the “Order Comments” section so we can reserve the correct size bike.

Description: How a traffic improvement project in a historically black community morphed into a political debate about racism, social justice and sustainability.

This bike tour will take you through North Williams Avenue, Portland’s busiest biking street full of new shops and housing, and once the vibrant heart of Portland’s black community. Formerly known as the “Black Broadway,” the corridor included a concentration of Black churches, businesses, cultural institutions, retail and nightclubs that were thriving and active participants in the community. Due to the negative impacts of systemic racism, city policies (designed to displace and disperse) and recent demographic shifts, N. Williams has changed dramatically. Some of that original culture still thrives, but it’s a shadow of its former self. First stop will be Dawson Park where we will hear from Michelle DePass who was born in the neighborhood at Emanuel Hospital to parents who emigrated from Panama and New Orleans. Both sets of grandparents settled either on or within 2-3 blocks of Williams Avenue due to housing policy that dictated where Black people lived in Portland. Her parents met at Dawson Park. At a N Williams Ave Traffic Safety Project community meeting, Ms. DePass made a statement that changed the course of the project. She said, “We have an issue of racism and of the history of this neighborhood, until we address that history and… the cultural differences we have in terms of respect, we are not going to move very far.”

Public art along the route aims to help the community remember what was lost and celebrate what exists today. Tour participants will also visit Open Signal, a community-driven media arts organizations focused on creativity, technology and social change.

Route:  ~9 miles, relatively flat and will include the Tilikum Bridge.


2. From "Pearl" to "Jade." Exploring Spatial Inequality and its Remedies*

  • Tour Leader: Sarah Iannarone
  • Start and end point: Sentinel Hotel Governor Ballroom
  • Monday, June 17, 2:00 - 5:30
  • Price: $5 (or all –day TriMet transit pass) plus spending money for refreshments
  • (Maximum 20 participants)

Walking difficultly: Moderate—about 2 miles, leisurely pace, but with some unimproved roads not well-suited for people with limited mobility (please let us know if you need accommodation in advance)

Description: The Pearl District may be fashionable, but 82nd Avenue is necessary. This corridor of asphalt, car lots, and old-world politics keeps Portland honest.  It’s not always been considered as beautiful as premier TOD-projects like The Pearl District, but the state highway that runs from Sandy Boulevard south across the Clackamas County line does things that no city can do without.  The street reminds us that our economy still requires things. Words and ideas may be the stock in trade of college professors and the creative class, but cities need places to find used travel trailers, scout out discount appliances, and get new sound systems to install in beat-up Toyotas.  Every city has these neighborhoods. Can these suburban, automobile-dependent landscapes become real neighborhoods? The community in the Jade District thinks so. This economic development program of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) Communities United Fund is focused on improving the ten block area surrounding Southeast 82nd Ave and Southeast Division Street.

We start with a quick streetcar ride to the center of Portland’s famous streetcar renaissance neighborhood, The Pearl District. From there, we will walk to Portland’s Union Station, where we will board the MAX light rail line to East Portland. We will walk to Fubonn Shopping Center at the heart of Portland’s Jade District, up 82nd Avenue to Division Street before returning downtown by TriMet #2 ‘Division St’ bus.

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3. Orenco Station: Changing the Pattern of Suburban Growth*

  • Tour Leader: Michael Mehaffy, Director, Sustasis Foundation. Director, Future of Places Research, Stockholm
  • Start and end point: Sentinel Hotel Governor Ballroom
  • Monday, June 17, 2:30 - 5:30
  • Price: $5.00 (or all-day Max line pass) plus spending money for refreshments
  • (Maximum 20 participants)

Description: The Portland region has an ambitious plan to reconfigure its sprawling suburbs into “centers and corridors,” with mixed, walkable, transit-served centers connected by corridors offering light rail, bicycling and other modes of travel as well as the car.  Orenco Station has emerged as one of the most prominent laboratories in that regional experiment, featuring compact, pedestrian-friendly design, mixed-use shops, services and residential, a range of housing types and prices from $79,000 to over $500,000, as well as rental units and affordable housing, community gardens, farmers’ markets, bike paths, and a light rail stop and three bus stops.  The project manager for the master developer, Michael Mehaffy, will lead the tour, offering lessons learned about the challenges for changing the “operating system for growth” in the American suburbs.

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4. Historic Restoration of the Halprin Parks*

  • Tour Leader: Sandra Burtzos, Capital Project Manager, Portland Parks and Recreation
  • Speaker: Andrew Aebi, Portland LID Administrator
  • Start and end point: Sentinel Hotel Governor Ballroom
  • Monday, June 17, 2:30 - 5:00
  • Price: $5.00 for streetcar pass
  • Maximum 12 participants

Description: Over 50 years ago, renowned landscape architect, Lawrence Halprin’s, Portland Open Space Sequence, consisting of four open spaces linked by tree-lined pedestrian malls, changed the history of American urban space, pioneering a path from passive parks and squares to more dynamic, participatory mergings of parks and art. As the first new downtown public space in Portland in decades, these parks inspired two generations of urban park building since:  from Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Pioneer Courthouse Square to Jamison Square and Director Park.

Five decades have taken their toll on the Portland Open Space Sequence.  Were these parks/plazas/fountains destined to continue down a path of deterioration due to deferred maintenance and ongoing city budget challenges?  The Halprin Landscape Conservancy and Portland Parks & Recreation are addressing the historic restoration of these open spaces through a combination of funding - Local Improvement District (LID) and city funds.  The tour will experience the pedestrian malls, take a look at the restoration work at the open spaces, and learn about how the LID funding mechanism was advocated for and utilized for this unique project.

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5. Preserving Portland's History in the West End Including Low-Cost Housing*

  • Tour Leader: Leslie Hutchinson, Docent, Architectural Heritage Center
  • Start and end point: Sentinel Hotel Governor Ballroom
  • Monday, June 17, 3:00 - 5:00
  • Price: $17
  • (Maximum 20 participants)

Description: Explore downtown between the South Park Blocks and I-405 – an area filled with iconic buildings as well as numerous lesser-known architectural gems. You’ll see historic low-income apartment houses, storefronts, cultural and religious buildings, and the remnants of what was once a thriving residential area, while also gaining an understanding of the impacts of development on historic preservation efforts.

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Friday, June 21

6. Orenco Station Phase 3: A Mix of Uses and Incomes*

  • Tour Leaders: Dan Rutzick (Senior Planner), Ben Sturtz (REACH Community Development, Housing Development Project Manager), Joe Gillock (Northwest Housing Alternatives Asset Manager)
  • Start and end point: Sentinel Hotel Governor Ballroom
  • Friday, June 21, 1:00 - 4:00
  • Price: $0 (Free transit passes from TriMet)
  • (Maximum 35 participants)

Description: The mixed-use Orenco Station development in Hillsboro has been referred to as one of the country’s seminal examples of suburban transit-oriented development. Located beside a light-rail station, the third phase of Orenco Station also includes a mix of incomes. The Orchards at Orenco workforce housing project was the country’s largest passive housing project when completed. Travel on light-rail transit from downtown Portland to Hillsboro to tour the third phase of Orenco Station. This tour will include a discussion of the Alma Gardens’ senior housing project and evolution of the multi-phase Orchards at Orenco workforce housing project.

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