We are a group of urban planners and activists who volunteer our knowledge and skills to work with community groups, City staff and Portland State University students to reimagine the underutilized and often unimproved residential alleys in the Portland Metro area. At present, we supporting a number of projects in Portland.
During the winter and spring of 2013, the team conducted an engagement process that incorporated residents’ values and priorities related to alley space in the community. The group was then known as Mill Street Community Planning. This phase of the project resulted in three products: A Plan, a Background Report, and a Toolkit to aid residents in building their own alley projects.
Since the summer of 2013 the team has been supporting community groups and non-profits undertaking the first round of alley projects including providing guidance on funding strategies, public outreach, design concepts and working with City staff on permitting.