The Problem

Interstate-405 divides Goose Hollow from Downtown Portland, forcing pedestrians to cross the freeway on bleak, noisy, often-deserted overpasses whose narrow sidewalks leave them precariously close to high-speed traffic. Crossing I-405 is dull and unpleasant and discourages pedestrian travel between two dynamic, rapidly-developing neighborhoods. The canyon-like freeway creates a dead zone in the middle of what is otherwise one of the nation's most walkable central city districts.