For many people “good urban design” means pretty facades, handsome materials, and unique building shapes. By contrast, for us, good urban design is instead what attracts people to linger along streets and in squares.
Good city design includes many windows and doors, many side streets and many uses close together. We all sense good design –we seek out and relax in downtown places that have it and we avoid those that don’t.
This two-sided truth applies everywhere and can be found in downtown Portland. Consider Congress Street between Congress Square and Monument Square and its parallel cousin only one block away, Free Street. Continue Reading →