ABOUT US

The PDX Main Street Design Initiative is a coalition of community and business leaders, architects, designers, planners, artists and community advocates. For more than seven years we've been working to raise design literacy and create planning tools that empower community members to manage growth and change.

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DESIGN GUIDELINES

We've been working with neighborhoods across Portland to create main street design guidelines that can apply to any main street. Find out how we're helping communities identify their design goals and priorities. 

DESIGN TOOLBOX

Design guidelines, neighborhood design review, development engagement, visioning, workshops and events - we've got many tools for you!  

POLICY ADVOCACY

Big policy projects at the City are at work. As our city grows up, do we have clear goals for the design of our streets and buildings? How can community members have a voice in how new development happens? How do we support affordability and diversity while we grow and add needed amenities and services? 

 

Design is key to adding better density and minimizing impacts to livability, affordability, quality, displacement, climate, and sustainability. We've been gathering recommendations from communities and now are advocating for a greater voice for all in the way we grow our City. Learn more...