The Slabtown Plan: Neighbors Collaborate to Redesign Historic Area of Northwest District

It is a rare opportunity to be able to redesign an area from the ground up—especially in the middle of a city—but that’s exactly what’s happening in the section of Portland’s Northwest District historically referred to as Slabtown. The once bustling neighborhood has been buried under asphalt and industrial-use buildings for decades, but is now poised for a serious comeback. Through a collaboration between the Northwest District Neighborhood Association (NWDA), Con-way Freight and members of the community, plans are underway to redesign the area, considering both its rich history and the modern needs of the people who live and work there.

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