Green to Gray: TriMet and SW Lincoln Street in Portland, Oregon
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In the 1960’s, SW Lincoln Street, near Portland State University, was part of Portland’s first urban renewal district.
Dilapidated buildings were cleared, new development built, and thousands of shade trees planted.
Today, those trees tower over SW Lincoln Street… but not for long. Sometime on, or before September 15th, TriMet plans to cut down every single tree on the street… to put in light rail.
Most residents of the neighborhood are not happy with the decision.
The street is currently served by TriMet’s #17 bus line. If the goal is more transit, why not just run the #17 more often?
The Rockwood MAXX station was recently refurbished. Does SW Lincoln street really want to trade shade trees for concrete and art like this?