Monday, December 5, 2016

Defeat of Mt. Hood Freeway

Portland wasn’t always such a livable city.  The defeat of the Mt. Hood Highway in the 1970’s was a watershed moment in the city’s history and helps explain the development and rationale of Portland’s unique city planning, mass transit system, light rail, parks and bikeways.  The Freeway would have gone directly through much of southeast Portland (only a few blocks from the hostel), destroying the character and charm of much of the neighborhood. (Hawthorne Hostel’s one and only Shawn Granton is one of the historians speaking in the video!)