In planning for growth, there’s at least one generally agreed-on idea that most cities are trying out: Densifying along the major streets. The arterials, boulevards and avenues, the wider ones, where the streetcars went, where transit does now.
Portland has a lot of them, radiating out from the river and downtown. Here’s one of those streets – Division. As you’d expect, it bisects the 19th-century suburbs:
Once it was a streetcar route, with a mix of bungalow housing and one-or two-storey commercial frontage – surprisingly narrow for a major corridor of activity. It went into decline as Motordom prevailed, and became heavily auto-oriented. Division, it was said, was where you went to get your car repaired.Read more »