Streetfilms: Depaving Day in Portland

Our coverage of the Toward Carfree Cities conference continues with this Streetfilm from Elizabeth Press, who brings us a unique public service project.

Hundreds of conference participants helped break and remove asphalt from a 3,000 square foot parking lot. is the mastermind behind the Fargo Garden Project. They promote the removal of unnecessary concrete and asphalt from urban areas. will continue to work with Goldsmith Properties to transform this now asphalt-free site into a community greenspace. Once completed, the site will be used to educate the public about pavement removal and storm water drainage management.

  • I love it! I would love to do this here in LA. Who is in?!

  • I’m in!

  • Seriously how great is Portland. Here in Wisconsin we are planning on adding a new lane of concrete for 120 miles! whereas in Portland they’ve started an organization to remove wasteful surface parking lots… How great is that.

  • dhf

    Enci and Soapbox,

    I’m definitely in for some depaving, L.A. style. Got a spot in mind- a triangle of unutilized, fenced off parking in the Arts District. Have ya’ll seen those signs all over L.A. on traffic islands that say Ïslands of LA, National Park”


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Streetfilms voyaged across the pond to visit some of London’s innovative transportation and public realm projects. We interviewed Paul Harper, a head urban designer at Design for London, who was in charge of the 100 Public Spaces Programme. The 100 Public Spaces Programme improved the public realm of London through streetscaping, transportation and public space […]

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Westholme and Le Conte, a formerly Sharrowed intersection. Last night, UCLA Planner Madeline Brozen tweeted that the Westholme Sharrows, which have been on the street for nearly five weeks, have been partially removed after Westholme Avenue had been repaved.  The Sharrows used to stretch from the corner of Westholme and Wilshire Boulevard all the way […]

MBA: Highway Removal

In this week’s episode of “Moving Beyond the Automobile,” Streetfilms takes you on a guided tour of past, present and future highway removal projects with John Norquist of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). Some of the most well-known highway removals in America — like New York City’s Miller Highway and San Francisco’s Embarcadero […]