I’m sitting on my direct flight to Amsterdam and my mind is still in Portland’s Cully Neighborhood. Recent weeks have centered around preparations – not for this trip but – for an open house held last Thursday at Rigler Elementary. Here is a sampling of the things I heard:
• Simply paving the travel lane on quiet streets is enough, at least as a start.
• I feel safe walking in the roadway on most streets.
• Resident cannot afford and don’t want the full standard package (paved, drainage, sidewalks, etc.)
• It is okay to improve quiet routes to school, but make sure you can reach them safely from the busy streets where many live.
Cully residents have a unique and diverse identity. It is something they take pride in (as they should). It is something they value not only in their neighbors but also in their community’s built environment. “I love the variety of people who live here,” commented a resident of 40+ years. “I would be bored living in a neighborhood where everyone looks the same.” Based on the conversations I had on Thursday night I have a feeling they feel the same way about their streets.