You are Invited to a MLK Blvd Walking Tour

Brought to you by Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Soul District Business Association -

Enhancing MLK Jr Blvd Pedestrian Crossings and Signal Safety

About the Project

NE Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr Boulevard is a bustling main street yet lacks adequate infrastructure to serve residents and visitors. The street has one of Portland’s highest concentrations of affordable housing, and a great deal more is planned for the future. More people living along MLK Jr Boulevard will increase pedestrian and commercial activity on the street, which is already experiencing traffic congestion and cars traveling at high speeds.

Why this is Happening

Community members have described walking and driving along MLK Jr Boulevard as a stressful and unpleasant experience. Along MLK Boulevard, there is a general feeling that:

The street environment is not pedestrian friendly or supportive to street-level business.

Affordable housing, retirement homes, and the highest activity commercial areas are not served well by existing crossings.

The increasing traffic is resulting in poor air quality, which is negatively impacting existing and future affordable housing residents along the street.

By improving safety through crossing and traffic access improvements, PBOT will take a step towards creating a more pleasant place to visit and travel along.

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Join us for the Walk

Who Should Attend?

Business Owners, Residents, and Community Stakeholders who live on or near MLK Jr. Blvd

Date: May 21st 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: US Bank MLK & Killingsworth St


Welcome and Introduction

See the Crosswalks and where improvements are happening

Stop by small businesses on MLK for community conversations

Happy Hour at Joe Brown's Lounge

Improve safety and access along MLK Jr Blvd

The NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard project will enhance pedestrian crossings and reduce gaps between crossings to improve safety, access transit, and access to destinations along MLK.

PBOT is actively working in partnership with the Soul District Business Association and key stakeholders on NE MLK Jr Blvd corridor to identify future priorities and seek funding for additional investments to improve safety and access along this corridor.

The Soul District Business Association is a 501(c) 3 non-profit that has been promoting and sustaining the economic and business development of inner urban North/Northeast Portland since 1977. We are a voice, advocate, facilitator and catalyst for approximately 5,000 businesses and 64,000 residents within our district boundaries.

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May 21st - 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: US Bank MLK & Killingsworth St

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