Here is a preview of the Franklin Reclamation Authority's upcoming email blast. Rebuild Franklin Street Now
Friends of Franklin Street,
Your voices were heard when Portland proposed widening Franklin St. back in 2006.
Your voices were heard throughout the Franklin St. redesign process, demanding a walkable, mixed-use, vibrant urban corridor.
Portland is now poised to realize this Vision for Franklin St.; but your voice must be heard to ensure that our city seizes this opportunity to restore Franklin St as an integral part of the vibrant Portland peninsula.
This fall Portland’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee, chaired by Councilor Andrew Zarro, will be reviewing the Franklin Street Master Plan, with the potential to advance it to the full Council. Franklin St. is an ideal candidate for new federal infrastructure funding programs created by the Biden administration.
Your voice is critical to realizing this vision.
The Franklin Reclamation Authority (FRA) is working to renew the community’s understanding and support of the Franklin Plan. In short, the plan:
· compresses travel lanes together, narrowing them when possible,
· reclaims up to 6 acres of under-utilized land for much needed housing, mixed-use development, and open-space, including restoring land to historic Lincoln Park.
· creates space for bicycle and pedestrians, connecting to the neighboring trail system
· begins to reconnect historic cross streets for bikes pedestrians, and traffic,
· makes a safer, more pleasant street for all users.
We are reviewing the years of research, community efforts, and details of the plan to prepare for a lively community conversation about the next steps for this corridor.
You can follow this work on social media; please join and share with others:
In the meantime, please contact the Mayor and City Councilors, telling them how important it is for the City to Rebuild Franklin Street Now.
Email communication will be limited to calls for action: letters to the editor, Councilors, key meetings to attend, etc. If you do not want to receive these emails, please let us know.