Support the Beech-Failing Alley Project

alleyFor the last six months, Melinda Matson and her neighbors on an alley between N. Vancouver, N. Williams, NE Beech and NE Failing have been working together to develop a placemaking strategy for their alley. The area is a major center of redevelopment and the neighbors have engaged developers of projects on and around their block as they honed their plans. The result is the Beech-Failing Alley Project which seeks to create a unique model of resident led revitalization around an alley that is in the process of transitioning from suburban to something more urban. Their vision includes garages converted to shops, cafes, work spaces and housing along a narrow and relaxing alley corridor. The costs of making this vision a reality are not small and they are currently running a fundraising campaign on crowdsource site IOBY.com.

Visit the Beech-Failing Project’s IOBY campaign site to learn more.

If you can spare a few dollars (or more) to help this group, the results could be very exciting. The group has the support of a broad coalition including the ReBuilding Center, The Whole Bowl, Jim Golden Studio, the Waypost, and the Law Offices of Benjamin Cox, engineering firm KPFF and Koch Landscape Architecture. They are also engaging Portland Bureau of Transportation staff and the Mayor’s Office around the idea that the City needs to provide more guidance and tools to help residents reclaim and improve the hundreds of miles of alleys and other unimproved right-of-ways. We look forward to watching their project take shape and move into implementation.

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