Alliance statement on high-pedestrian zones
The high-pedestrian zones are another tool available to the city to address discrete issues that impede the ability to safely navigate public sidewalks. This tool has been in place in several locations in the city for many years, and we have been talking with the current mayor for several months about utilizing it in areas of the Central City that are particularly impacted by livability issues. The tool is not about individuals experiencing homelessness, which must be addressed with compassion and a community-wide effort to create more safe places for people to sleep and better accessibility to housing. Rather, the high-pedestrian zones are designed ensure the city’s public spaces remain safe, accessible and welcoming to everyone. We appreciate Mayor Wheeler taking steps to address the livability concerns in our Central City, as well as the extraordinary work both he and Multnomah County Chair Kafoury have done over the last 18 months to double the number of emergency shelter beds in our community so that people sleeping outside have better access to safe and warm accommodations.