This archive was hatched from documents and resources made and found in work related to the Portland Oregon Beech-Failing Alley Project (BFAP, originally called the Albina Homestead Alley Project).
In March 2016, neighbors adjacent to the Portland Beech-Failing alley started BFAP, aiming to transform the alleyway from a place of flooding and neglect to a thriving public space like other green and activated alleys throughout the country. BFAP’s mission is to demonstrate community-led development of this model on-site, while advocating for initiation of supportive Portland programming. BFAP works toward accomplishing these aims before rapidly encroaching development and current local policy lead to car-centric revision of the Beech-Failing alley and other pedestrian-shared rights of way.
Anchored in the Boise neighborhood, BFAP is at the nucleus of an area impacted by a past lack of municipal support for community-based development, where the need for inspiring engagement among neighbors new and old is particularly acute.
Our long-term project vision is to further connect dots and promote resources for both citizens and municipalities building the this movement nationwide.
Letters of support for BFAP and community input to Portland government regarding improving alley policy, potentially useful reference for persons working on their own alley projects or advocacy, are here:
Public rights-of-way are ultimately more livable when their potential for community and environmental benefit – beyond the foundational infrastructure they provide – is actualized in the hands of citizens by the laws that govern and facilitate their enduring improvement.
Hearty gratitude to supporters and community partners who have helped make this site and other BFAP efforts possible. Check some of them out!