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Future Prairie Podcast: Design Patterns, Hidden Density, Affordability & HousingPolicy

Future Prairie Podcast - July 29, 2020
Future Prairie Artist Joni Whitworth interviews Heather Flint Chatto, urban designer and Director of  PDX Main Streets, on environmental design, street art, civic planning, the Residential Infill Project and the future of collaborative planning.
Future Prairie Radio is a podcast that examines the future of art, design, and culture through the eyes of marginalized artists. They go beyond AI, robotics, and new currencies to investigate the humanist and ethical values that intersect with contemporary life and technology.

S3E4: In Patterns with Heather Flint Chatto

July 29, 2020 • 20 min

Urban designer Heather Flint Chatto on environmental design, street art, civic planning, and the future of collaborative policymaking.

Sellwood-Moreland Adopts Main Street Design Guidelines

Press Release by PDX Main Streets - May 25, 2020

Sellwood-Moreland Adopts Main Street Design Guidelines

On May 20, 2020, new Sellwood-Moreland Main Street Design Guidelines were unanimously adopted by the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) Board of Directors. These advisory guidelines are intended to clarify community goals for design in the core commercial main street area including SE Milwaukie and SE 17th, SE 13th, SE Bybee, and Tacoma.


PDX Main Streets Calls for Nominations

SE Examiner - January 31, 2020

PDX Main Street, a grassroots group launched six years to advocate good design elements for new builds along SE’s commercial corridors, is accepting nominations for its 2020 Awards. 

The Awards seek to recognize exemplary architecture and design, with categories including Best Main Street New Construction, Adaptive Reuse, Art & Innovation, Missing Middle Housing, Culturally Important Preservation, and Best Main Street Champion(s) / Community Leaders. 

Activist Spotlight, Outlandish Queer Comedy Show

October, 2019


Design Sparks Creative Solutions

SE Examiner - May, 2019


Mainstreet Style Design is Good for City  DDI’s hot-off-the-presses toolkit, which originally focused on burgeoning Division, has been approved by Hawthorne and Division business groups, Hosford-Abernethy, Richmond Neighborhood Association and other SE groups associated with the four-year collaborative process.
By Midge Pierce, The Southeast Examiner, July 2018

SE Updates: HBBA Tackles the Future

SE Examiner - February, 2019

SE Updates – HBBA Tackles the Future. Portland is growing “up” and the SE area is ground zero for development, according to speakers at a seminar called Vision for the Future of Hawthorne. A broad-ranging agenda addressed how area businesses and residents can steer their future.  By Midge Pierce, The Southeast Examiner, February 2019

Portland Residents Chime in on Design Overlay Talk

by Kent Hohlfeld, Daily Journal of Commerce

DJC Oregon_Portland Residents Chime in on Design Overlay Talk – Division Design advocates for infill that reflects better compatibility and context weigh in on new Design Overlays and the City’s Design Overlay Zoning Assessment (DOZA).
Daily Journal of Commerce, February 24, 2017

DOZA - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Midge Pierce, The Southeast Examiner, May 2017 

DOZA – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. With 80% growth targeted in so-called town centers, the work of SE’s Division Design Initiative to encourage attractive, appealing new-builds and repurposing takes on new urgency and relevance. Recommendations made by DDI are well-reflected in DOZA proposals about scale, setback, aesthetic patterns, compatibility with physical characteristics of neighborhoods and pedestrian-friendly public spaces. The Southeast Examiner, May 2017


DJC Top 25 Women of Vision Award Winner - Interview with Heather Flint Chatto


Collaborative Designs for Division Street

By Don McGillivray, SE Examiner, August 25, 2015

Build It & They Will Critique – Division Design Committee reviews PSU multifamily case studies to consider alternative mixed use designs for what is working or not in Portland.

By Karen Henry, SE Examiner, Feb 1, 2015

Portland’s SE Division Street named one of top 10 up-and-coming neighborhoods nationwide 
by Melissa Binder, The Oregonian, July 3, 2014


Seeds of SE Uplift – Interview with Heather Flint Chatto of the Division Design Committee

By Jay Derderian, SE Uplift Newsletter, May 30, 2014

Downside to Density Designs

By Midge Pierce, SE Examiner, March 1, 2014

Profits Trump Courtesy

By Karen Henry, SE Examiner, Feb 1, 2014