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Cobblestones can look cool, but they can also be hell on people who use wheelchairs to get around, so if they are used for this purpose, I hope there can be a smoother strip (maybe a meter or so wide) included to make rolling over them a less bumpy experience.


I rather like the loading docks... its a kind of urban moutain goat experience?

I remember the little wing cafe (I miss that place) and sitting outside on its loading dock while munching away... the dock created a mini pedestrian mall that once one was lucky eough to reach could be enjoyed.

True, they aren't great if you dont want to climb up and down steps as you walk the streets though.


I love the feeling of walking along 13th always slightly looking backwards at a possible car coming my way. It is one of the most exciting streets to walk along. Very European in its character. Segregating people-traffic-and cars is very boring and American.


If I remember right the new residential block of the Pearl Safeway development has a loading dock side mimicking the old loading docks along the street. I think this actually works well to maintain the great walkable Pearl feel more than say... any of the Hoyt Street Properties blocks. I agree, mixed traffic is far more interesting than completely separated ROW.


"Safeway development has a loading dock side mimicking the old loading docks along the street"

i agree that preserving the old loading docks was a brilliant idea that created this unique urban edge of portland. However, i disagree that we should be mimicking them on the new buildings. It waters down the significance of the older buildings history.

NW 13th as is not a pedestrian street, far from it. It is the most uncomfortable (the feeling of getting hit by a car any moment) pedestrian experience in the pearl. There are probabaly ways to improve the experience. Cobblestone is one way to do it, it slows down the vehicular movement a bit like the older cities in europe. limited vehicular access would be another way to do it. As it is 13th is a great destination because of the docks and restaurants.

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