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Plus, Amazon skips Portland and the City Council votes unanimously to lower speed limits on residential streets.

The City Council announced Thursday that it will vote on proposed amendments to the Central City plan update on Wednesday, March 7.

The announcement was made during a three-and-a-half-hour hearing on the amendments. The most controversial would raise maximum building heights in the RiverPlace area and continue planning to reconfigure the I-5 and I-84 interchanges in the Rose Quarter area.

The update is intended to guide development in the inner city for the next 20 years. It is officially called Central City 2035 or CC2035 for short. The proposed amendments and more information is available at: portlandoregon.gov/bps/47907

Amazon skips Portland

Amazon ruled out Portland as a site for its second national headquarters on Thursday.

The city had offered the Seattle-based company the opportunity to develop the former U.S. Postal Service sites and surrounding property, now called the Broadway Corridor. No tax breaks or other financial incentives were included in the offer, however.

Portland was not on the list of 20 cities still in the running for the $5 billion project Amazon released on Jan. 18. The closest was Los Angeles, the only West Coast city on the list, which is 965 miles south. Some experts think Raleigh, North Carolina, is the front-runner.

Prosper Portland, formerly the Portland Development Commission, is overseeing the master planning effort for the site at the west end of the Broadway bridge.

Speed limits lowered

The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to lower speed limits on residential streets from 25 to 20 miles per hour.

The reduction is included in the Vision Zero Action Plan approved by the council in December 2016 to eliminate all fatal and serious injury crashes in Portland by 2025.

Despite that, fatal accidents have continued to increase. According to the police, 51 people were killed in Portland crashes last year, compared with 44 in 2016. The Portland Bureau of Transportation, which uses slightly different criteria adopted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA), says fatalities increased from 44 in 2016 to 45 last year.


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