We hardly knew ye – the award-winning [Special Award for Civic Enrichment from the AIA] Transit Mall had a major face lift with new stops and kiosks [and tracks being put in for the past couple of years]. Busses will start to use the new and improved mall later this month with the MAX sometime later this summer.
Man-about-town Dieselboi noticed new signage on OurPDX at one of the kiosks that forbids roller skating. Roller skating. As in “laced up” and “late 70s roller disco”? Did planners forget to update the copy? I think the last time I saw someone actually roller skating [besides Oak Park] on the street I was 12 – and that was a lonnnng time ago.
In the spirit of the 1970s and our transit mall, here are some photos from the 1979 AIA awards booklet:
Photos courtesy Bruce Forster, http://www.viewfindersnw.com