The site offers the chance to rethink the design of Portland streets. Taking inspiration from neighborhood cobblestone streets as well as precedents like the Dutch “Woonerf” or “living yard”, the design posits a street where pedestrians, bicycles and work activities take priority while maintaining car and truck access.
A Healthy Diversity of Uses
Water Avenue Yards is a carefully woven collection of public and private uses, a place where people relax and socialize as well as work, make and sell their creative ideas. Here, businesses share their products with visitors while city residents mingle with makers, enlivening the street and river’s edge.
What Can Happen Here?
Water Avenue Yards is a redefinition of industry for the 21st century, one that is embedded in Portland’s culture. Digital fabrication, environmental consulting, small scale production shops, direct to retail fabrication, craft food and beverage producers – all can coexist in this place.
Visitors will experience the people and the processes that create the products they buy. Workers and city residents can share the experience and full potential of this important pocket of activity in Portland.