“Nobody walks there. And nobody is going to walk there until the physical environment changes.”
So says teacher Jon Gottshall about the ‘downtown’ in the community where he teaches: Beaverton, Oregon.
Beaverton is the anti-Portland: a sad case of a farming town absorbed into metro sprawl, wonderfully located, but now cut up by arterial and rail rights-of-way, its urban design dominated by highway engineering. And too low-density to have a ‘there’ there.
But there’s hope. Bob Wall of FW Focus Productions – “a creator of innovative public engagement documentaries” – sends along his video on Beaverton. “People seem to love this piece – we involved some young people (a high school urban studies class) and did some fancy things with our title graphics. ” And not just the titles: the transformative graphics are cleverly done throughout.