This blog was established to document my search for streets that my 5-year old can play near without my constant supervision. Where kids can live active lives and learn independence. My quest began when I was selected as an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow by the German Marshall Fund. I am a multi-modal transportation planner for the City of Portland (OR), America’s sustainable transportation capital.



Denver Igarta (October-November 2011), Urban Planner, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation
Project: Livable Streets Where People Live: Fostering People-Friendly Streets by De-emphasizing Automobile Traffic in Residential Areas
Cities: Munich, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Malmö

Denver Igarta is an urban planner with the Transportation Bureau of the City of Portland. He works on a broad range of transportation policy, street design initiatives and pedestrian, bicycle and freight planning efforts.  He recently served as one of the principal authors of Portland’s new bicycle plan. He is currently staffing two “active transportation” projects: a rails-with-trails project along the Banfield Freeway and a local street system plan for one of the state’s most diverse neighborhoods. He performed his graduate studies at the University of Dortmund, Germany and the University of the Philippines and holds a Master of Science in Regional Development Planning.

Portland is struggling to reverse generations of auto-oriented development patterns and make neighborhood streets more “livable” (people-friendly) by restoring their multimodal and placemaking functions. Mr. Igarta’s research will evaluate how cities in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden have enacted policies to restore the multiple functions of public streets through traffic management, green infrastructure and giving priority to sustainable travel modes. He will meet with local practitioners, policymakers and civic leaders involved in transportation planning, traffic safety and neighborhood livability projects, street design, and implementation of multi-modal traffic policies. The ultimate aim of the study is to compile a set of best practices and policies implemented in European cities that have broadened the role of residential streets beyond automobile mobility. Additional focus will be given to understanding how acceptable policy tradeoffs are determined within city agencies and the level of public support for measures that restrict car movements, such as reduced speed zones, bicycle streets, shared spaces, residents-only streets and residential parking restrictions.





3 Responses to About

  1. Eric says:

    Exciting to read about your Marshall Fund grant and northern European tour. My wife and I are enjoying car-free life in NW PDX. And we’re planning our own “livable cities” exploration this coming spring, based in Copenhagen. We’ll be eagerly following your blog. Drop us an email if you’re willing to share experiences and compare notes?

    • Hi Eric,
      NW is a great place to go car-free. Best wishes to you and your wife as you prepare for your Copenhagen based trip. I would be happy to chat with you when I get back to PDX. Let’s connect in Dec/Jan and either meet at my office or nearby for coffee. My PBOT contact info is below. All the best! Denver

      denver igarta | transportation planner
      city of portland bureau of transportation
      1120 sw 5th avenue | room 800 | portland, or 97204
      503.823.1088 | denver.igarta@portlandoregon.gov

  2. bikecarla says:

    If you get the chance to travel around Europe, check out Cork, Ireland. They have an amazing “car lite” downtown… a pedestrian paradise…
    Carla D.

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