Major installation of what seems to be Hostile infrastructure Appeared on Northwest Broadway in downtown Portland.
To the right of the public sidewalk between Flanders and Grisan on Broadway, there are people who have built more than 20 staple bike racks to prevent people from building tents and camps. The industrial building is owned by Schnitzer Properties, which owns 27 million square feet of real estate in six western states. Headquartered in Portland..
The company’s website claims that their approach to business is “local.” Personal. neighbor. “
Wikipedia defines a hostile architecture as follows: “Urban design strategies that use built-in environmental elements to deliberately guide or limit behavior. Often use public places more than others, such as young people, poor people, and homeless people. It’s aimed at people who are dependent. “
Jordan Schnitzer, President of Schnitzer Property, is a highly influential local businessman and philanthropist who has frankly criticized Portland’s response to the homeless crisis.last year He expressed his support For Portland peopleA political lobbying group that funded candidates who promised to take a more tedious approach to tackle downtown camps.
Before these racks came out, someone had a heavy gauge chain between trees in the same place to achieve a similar goal.
when This section of Broadway covered the new bike lanes in Portland. In 2020, I noticed that many people lived on the sidewalk in the same place.
There wasn’t as much demand for bicycle parking as the building itself wasn’t an active destination on that side of the street.
After readers shared the photo with us on Friday, we asked a spokesman for the Portland Transport Bureau if they were responsible for the installation. Interim Communications Director Hannah Schafer said they weren’t even aware of Luck before we contacted him. Schafer also revealed that PBOT does not allow the installation.
Asked what PBOT would do about it, Schaefer said, “We are still deciding the next step.”
I contacted Schnitzer Properties. We will update this story as soon as we get back to you.
Update, 6/3 8:14 am: This post initially referred to People for Portland as a “dark money group.” I think it’s a de facto accurate explanation, but it seems to have distracted many. Therefore, we changed to “Political Lobbying Group”.