Safety Project Background
In 2011 the 26 members of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Safety Project accepted the charge to address safety and traffic concerns on Williams Avenue between Broadway and Killingsworth and make recommendations to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. They agreed to make decisions with compassion and integrity within a contextual framework, understanding the safety issues while at the same time acknowledging past planning processes and those who have been hurt or damaged by those planning processes. They agreed to do this in a way that was inclusive, safe, considered all voices, and had positive impact on the entire community. They committed to recommending sustainable transportation solutions that balance the needs and concerns of all users of the corridor, including neighborhood residents, workers, businesses, religious institutions, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and motorists.
In April 2012, the SAC made final recommendations to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. These included recommendations to honor the history of Williams Avenue . The Committee is an independent group of citizens who have come together to help implement Recommendations No. 8 and 9. Excerpts from the recommendations are attached.
For more information about details of the Safety Project and its process, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/williams/ .
The plan set can be downloaded from : http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/479519
The Honoring History Project
There are layers of history on Williams Avenue from the early twentieth century to the present that speak to the experience of African American citizens in Portland. The Committee seeks to remember this history through tangible public art in the public right of way that incorporates elements such as photographs or other historically accurate representations, and the written and/or spoken word or music, to convey stories and the complex dimensions of this history. see Resource List
The Committee desires art that:
Honors the history of Williams Avenue as the mid-twentieth century heart of Portland’s African American community, as well as honoring the many people associated with this period and place
Acknowledges some of the contradictions, including the pain, anger, frustration and ultimate resilience of the people who have lived here
Is evocative, figurative and historic, not just abstract
Bridges a cultural gap & is accessible to both old timers and newcomers
Is beautiful and pleasing
Is weatherproof and durable
Possibly incorporates audio and/or other technology, such as mobile applications, to deepen the experience