Streetfilms: Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square

According to the Project for Public Spaces (PPS), Portland, Oregon’s Pioneer Courthouse Square
is one of the Top 10 greatest public spaces in the U.S. & Canada. I
couldn’t agree more. Affectionately referred to as the city’s "living
room" the charming and versatile block was once slated to be a parking garage in the 1960s. Thankfully the residents didn’t let that happen.

Recently while grabbing lunch in Portland, I wandered into the
"Festival of Flowers" – a beautiful urban meadow installation that was
so pleasant and comforting, I just had to shoot some video. Ethan Kent
from PPS has often said to me that the key to the success of Pioneer
Courthouse Square (and many public spaces) is its amazingly diverse
programming. He’s right, I’ve been to Portland a dozen times and there
always seems to be something wonderful going on there.

  • Jessica Roberts

    One of my favorite yearly events is a sand sculpture competition. They make some amazing things! It’s all the more fun because we don’t have access to real beaches here in Portland, so it seems like a special treat. Here are some photos of the event that I found online.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Streetfilms Portland Week: Bicycle Boulevards

|
Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson has been spending a lot of time in Portland learning about the politics, planning, engineering and culture behind that city’s phenomenal bike network. Working closely with Greg Raisman from Portland’s Dept. of Transportation Clarence produced a half hour documentary called "A Celebration of Portland Transportation." On Saturday, the film was shown on the big screen at Portland’s Bagdad […]

Our Parks Are Secure. What About Our Streets?

|
When are the police finally going to reclaim the streets from speeding and dangerous driving? When will pedestrians and cyclists be able to feel safe and secure on New York City streets? Photo: Bryan Goebel. For decades New Yorkers feared public spaces like Times Square, Herald Square and Bryant Park. They feared the people who […]

Creating Great Public Spaces in New York City

|
Project for Public Spaces just published a great piece of work that is very much worth a download. The paper is called "Nine Ways to Transform New York into a City of Great Places." From the introduction: In New York, the term "public space" is still synonymous with "parks" in most officials’ minds–and without a […]

Streetfilms: Turning Streets Into Community Spaces

|
Intersection RepairRunning time: 10:42 Have you ever dreamed of making the streets outside your home more livable, pedestrian-friendly, and community-oriented? City Repair in Portland, Oregon hosts an annual Village Building Convergence where hundreds of people come together to build diverse projects for the benefit of their communites and to take back their streets via a […]