PORTLAND MONTHLY – Reimagining the 200-foot street grid


If Portland were a superhero, the city’s standard ultra-small blocks would be its radioactive spider bite or escape pod from Krypton: the mythologized origin story, foundation for adventures to follow. At 200 feet by 200 feet, our blocks create a street grid tighter than those of most American cities, a characteristic often credited with fostering the city’s vaunted walkability and vitality.

How New Buildings Can Use Portland’s Ultra-Small Blocks to Save Our Urban DNA – pdxmonthly.com