“It’s the hybrid nature of Gateway’s business strip — its north face looking toward the first half of the 20th century, its south toward the second half — that has Portland’s leaders thinking these two blocks are the perfect place to begin what many of them see as the great work of the 21st century: undoing the errors of car-dependent design that began in the 1940s.
“That’s why Halsey and its couplet street, Weidler, are slated for million in public investment in 2018, including a major new city plaza, shorter crosswalks, and parking-protected bike lanes at the hub of a new 39-mile low-stress biking network through the area. . . .
“If this row of buildings successfully leads Gateway’s transition to a more walkable, bikeable neighborhood, it’d put the street at the forefront of a national movement to redevelop close-in suburban neighborhoods. . .