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Elvis Clark: As originally designed, the greenway plan would have been an isolated corridor with walls on both sides

Public safety was the main reason why neighbors asked for a change in the multi-use Monroe Street greenway.

As originally designed, the greenway plan would have been an isolated corridor with walls on both sides of it extending more than 100 yards, and along the railroad tracks just on the other side of the south wall of this corridor.Elvis Clark

Now it isn't difficult to imagine the anxiety of a bicyclist or pedestrian traveling through a walled-off corridor, especially at night. Imagine also the sound of a passing freight train drowning out any calls for help if someone were to be assaulted in this walled-off corridor.

Many of our neighbors of the female gender voiced tribulations about such a design as very uninviting even during daylight hours.

Additionally, the usefulness of this relocated pathway depends on whether you are north or south of Monroe. If you are just to the north, the new location is easier and more direct to get to. The other residential area is southeast of 37th and Monroe, and so the ease of access is mixed for this neighborhood. The other areas to the south of the new apartments and to the west of the new apartments are largely commercial. The idea of the original pathway, which is still planned for the future, is more for longer-distance bicyclists traveling west-east along Railroad Avenue.

Elvis Clark is a resident of Milwaukie's Ardenwald Neighborhood.


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