Public rights-of-way are ultimately more livable when their potential for community and environmental benefit -- beyond the foundational infrastructure they provide -- is actualized in the hands of citizens by the laws that govern and facilitate their enduring improvement.
In March 2016, neighbors adjacent to the North Portland Beech-Failing alley started BFAP, aiming to transform the alleyway from a place of flooding and neglect to a thriving, sustainable public space like other green and activated alleys throughout the country. BFAP’s mission is to demonstrate community-led development of this model on-site, while advocating for initiation of supportive Portland programming. BFAP works toward accomplishing these aims before rapidly encroaching development and current local policy lead to car-centric revision of the Beech-Failing alley and other pedestrian-shared infrastructure.
Our long-term project vision is to further connect dots and promote resources for both citizens and municipalities building this movement nationwide. LATEST UPDATES ON THE ALLEY.