DesignWeek Portland, 'ghost' streams, bike to D.C.?

Design Week Portland is upon us
OK, not quite yet but it’s coming. And we couldn’t be more excited. If you’re into design, whether that’s architecture, film, digital, graphic design, whatever, there’s something here for you. We’re especially excited (because “adaptive reuse”) about Leveraging the past: Transformation of the former Freeman Factory:

Join the team behind Redfox Commons for a design presentation, discussion, and building tour of this soon to be complete adaptive reuse project in Northwest Portland. The site has a notable past as a gateway to the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition and was later part of a significant industrial sanctuary. The project transforms the former Freeman Factory buildings into an open and flexible development geared towards creative tenants.

Sign up here.


Ghost streams in our cities
Fantastic piece on streams that once thrived now buried in pavement in cities across the U.S. And Portland apparently has many. from the city’s Environmental Services page (from 2014):

Many cities, including Portland, are built on top of what used to be surface streams that flowed freely to the rivers.  The streams were filled in or piped underground to allow development. Daylighting is when streams that have been piped underground in the past are restored to a more natural condition.  This helps improve water quality, habitat, and can keep water out of sewage treatment plants.

Oh, and there’s a local blog, Hidden Hydrology, that explores “lost rivers, buried creeks & disappeared streams. Connecting historic ecology + the modern metropolis.” And, let’s not forget Tanner Creek (from the MLS site no less).

Bike to DC?
There are bike trails and then there are bike trails. A new multiuse trail is being constructed that will connect Washington state to Washington, D.C. It’s called the Great American Rail-Trail,  and will make use of old railway corridors “that have fallen into disuse and abandonment, converting them to pathways—separate from roads and cars—for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.” Amazing.