Thanks for an amazing turnout last Thursday!
We had a wonderful crew join us for our #steptemberpdx walk on Thursday to City Hall; thanks to Ron Buel and Joe Cortright for telling us about the history of Tom McCall Waterfront Park and to Oregon Walks for hosting us on their #steptemberpdx walk series.
Over 35 individuals signed up to testify in opposition to the Rose Quarter freeway widening. Our letter has been signed by over 440 community members and 26 community organizations.
We had a busy week in the media as well. Check out the coverage of our nascent campaign in The Oregonian, BikePortland.org, The Portland Tribune, Portland Mercury, and The Association Press; and thanks to Portlanders for Parking Reform for uploading video of all of our testimony onto youtube.
What comes next?
Turnout for ODOT’s Open House on Freeway Expansion Tonight in Northeast Portland
Matt Dishman Community Center
September 12th; 5:00-7:00pm
77 NE Knott Street, Portland OR
(Accessible via TriMet Bus lines 4, 6, 44 and the Rodney Avenue Neighborhood Greenway)
Testify on Thursday; Contact City Hall by Friday
Miss your chance to testify last week? City Council will be holding an additional round of public testimony on the Portland Central City Plan on Thursday, September 14th, at 2:45pm. Individuals signed up last week will be given preference to testify first.
If you can’t make it this Thursday but still want to help, please consider sending in your own testimony to City Hall expressing your concerns with the project. Click HERE to queue up an email to your elected officials. Public testimony on the Central City Plan closes by Friday, September 15 at 5pm.
If you haven’t already, please sign our letter and ask your friends and colleagues to do the same. We’re just short of 500 signatures; can you spread the word on facebook and twitter to help us get over the top?
Down the Road
It’s been a busy couple weeks over here at No More Freeways HQ! We’ll have more to share soon about the next steps of our 21st century freeway revolt; we’ll continue to ask City Council to remove this project from the Transportation System Plan, and we’re interested in learning more about the Council Resolution proposed by Commissioner Dan Saltzman to ensure that congestion pricing is studied and implemented before freeway expansion. We’ll be conducting further outreach to bring more community organizations on board, to explain our opposition to this expensive boondoggle to elected officials, and to stand on the shoulders of a previous generation of Portlanders who prioritized building a city for people instead of paving a city for cars.
In the mean time, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in becoming a regular volunteer with our coalition. We have meetings approximately twice a month, and would welcome new members to join us.
On behalf of all of us at No More Freeway Expansions: Thanks for your continued support.
Let’s Go Stop a Freeway!