|The current concept, via Twitter|
None of the elements in the survey that directly involve transportation were ranked very important. Car parking and transit ranked right in the middle.
|Survey rankings, comments in red added|
A lot of this is probably an artifact of the way we conceive of a trip to the Police Station as generally the product of misfortune and hopefully something that happens to "someone else" rather than something we might ourselves have to undertake - voluntarily or not.
But it also represents an autoist bias and the annihilation of space. The building is out there abstractly in space, someplace we drive to, and not at a particular block just north of downtown where we might want a lively urban fabric. Ingredients for such an urban fabric might get value-engineered out as decorations or frills.
But they are not merely this. Even if you drive to the new station, the way the project greets your eye and body when you get out of your car is your first impression, and can either reinforce the dread or act in countervailing ways to dispel some of the dread. There are ways the project should act on mood, not merely function, and be a creative power for justice. Security is not just about punishment, control, and force, though it will always be implicated in these. There is also a generative side to justice as a central ingredient in a community's flourishing, and we should want to attend fully to it.
The two most popular community amenities attest directly to creation and generation, in fact:
- Safe Exchange Zone for Child Custody Transfers
- Safe Trade Station for Online Sales or Purchases
I'd still like to see more attention to the back side and the way the project relates to the creek. That's a big resource that deserves more attention.
But in a very broad and preliminary way, the way the project addresses Division Street and the corner with Liberty looks promising.
(As more parts of the Open House materials are published, there might be more to say.)
* "Campus circulation" is at least a little ambiguous, and since it suggests a campus like the Civic Center/SAIF area, or Willamette, or the Hospital, or Capitol Mall, respondents are right to rank it low. We don't need more of the recessed buildings with lawns and path systems that are disconnected from the sidewalks.
|One person only on a beautiful winter day at Mirror Pond!|
The grade difference between sidewalk and sunken park is a barrier
Update, March 23rd
The summary in the paper has an odd emphasis.
A "bike repair station" was the 4th ranked amenity, behind the safe custody/sales transfer concepts and a "law enforcement memorial." A "community coffee shop" is listed only under "other: please describe."
Here are the full rankings. Art comes in at number six.
|Rankings with percentages|