Stopping a Highway: Sensible Transportation Options For People (Stop) PWPB

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This presentation shows how a small band of neighborhood activists killed a destructive highway project planned to run through the heart of Portland, OR, neighborhoods in the 1970's.

This presentation shows how a small band of neighborhood activists killed a destructive highway project planned to run through the heart of Portland, OR, neighborhoods in the 1970's.

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  • 1. Killing Portland Oregon’s Proposed Western Bypass Freeway, 1989-1995
    Molly O’Reilly
    America Walks
  • 2. A Tiny Group – A Big Victory
  • 3. Tiny Group – Big Victory
    How does a very small group of citizens defeat the Oregon Department of Transportation?
    We had good luck!
    We worked hard and smart!
  • 4. A Strategy with Many Fronts
    We listened and learned
    What concerns people?
    What did bureaucracies want, and say?
    Strengths and vulnerabilities of the Bypass proposal?
    Language: transpo-speak vs. citizen-speak
    Where and how can we affect the outcome?
  • 5. We Were Everywhere
    Reinterpreted ODOT’s numbers
    The study didn’t really say the Bypass would accomplish very much, long term
    Joined every committee
    Citizens Advisory Committee, METRO, etc.
    Reframed the issue
    Broadened question to include our answers
  • 6.
  • 7.
  • 8. We took our story to community meetings
    Visual Preference Surveys
    Congestion would expand to the metro perimeter
    Solutions?
    New light rail lines, TODs
    “If Freeways were the
    answer, Los Angeles
    would be paradise”
  • 9.
  • 10. Congestion and Vehicle Use: LUTRAQvs. The Western Bypass.
  • 11. Moving the Process
    Demanded one EIS for a 3-stage project
    Served on the ODOT Citizens Advisory Committee
    Served on METRO’s Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee (TPAC)
    Became neighborhood association officers
    Monitored City, County meetings
  • 12. Being Effective
    Show up prepared
    Read all materials
    Identify areas where your issue can be inserted/deleted
    Be nimble; opportunities pop up!
    Reframe and put your reframing forward
    Build partnerships, the broader and unlikelier the better
    Use volunteer strengths and interests
  • 13. Well?
    We split the alliance.
    We gave powerful Bypass opponents options to work for, and political cover to oppose the project.
    We did the grunt-work to take the Bypass out of the METRO Transportation Plan.
    We declared victory; no bypass built.
  • 14. Contact Information
    Molly O’Reilly
    America Walks
    moreilly@americawalks.org
    208-255-7336