The triangular intersection has been seen as neighbors to be helping shooters speed away -- now it shouldn't

DAVID F. ASHTON - Huge concrete pipe sections, and traffic posts, installed by PBOT at the request of the neighbors, assure vehicles will no longer drive through this side of the Arleta Triangle. As part of their safety and livability campaign for Mt. Scott-Arleta, its neighbors have been lobbying the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to close the diagonal street part of the "Arleta Triangle", at the intersection of S.E. 72nd Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard.

"From May through June, Portland State University helped us survey neighbors about this idea," Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association Chair Matchu Williams told THE BEE. "The project generated input from 190 respondents in five languages." The short street was seen as helping those who have been shooting in the area to make a rapid exit after committing their crimes.. "The results were clear — people wanted to see this connector street blocked off. And, they indicated that they wanted to see nature, or a community gathering space, or a place for public celebrations, there instead."

By June 12, the Portland Bureau of Transportation had craned in a dozen huge concrete culvert pipe sections, blocking off most vehicular traffic movement on that diagonal street; except a small vehicle "exit" lane south — from the Discount Mini Mart convenience store, to S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

So now that short street is closed off. But what about the suggested community uses for the resulting space? THE BEE will bring you updates when the space is put to community use.

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