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Movement to Build Kiosks Growing In Portland

KPTV News | News Feature, September 5, 2023

News interview with Brian Metzhold featuring a kiosk project at the WeShine Transitional Housing Village with Heather Flint Chatto, Director Of PDX Main Streets, and Kristin Leiber Executive Director of Eco-Lloyd District regarding growing opportunities for social services, community amenities, and safer, more active public spaces through the Kiosk Strategy.

Hawthorne Embraces Kiosk Culture

SE Examiner | Article by Nancy Tanler, September 29, 2023

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public places. PDX Main Streets partnered with Hawthorne Blvd. Business Association (HBBA) and Sustainable Southeast Community Coalition (S2C2) to make this event happen. The festivities of the day were a glimpse of the vision for what a plaza in the heart of the Hawthorne district might look like. It was also an opportunity for PDX Main Streets to engage the community to provide input on how the $46,000 Venture Portland grant, secured for the HBBA can be used to install a Neri vintage-style kiosk and solar incubator somewhere on Hawthorne along SE’s most iconic Main Street. 

Urbanism – Architecture’s ‘language’ can span decades

Concordia News | Article by Garlynn Woodsong, June 1, 2021 

Regardless of style, the buildings from the streetcar-era all speak the same design language. Just like with a spoken language, a design language has a certain structure and defining elements that allow for design conversations between different elements of the built environment. The results are mutual design understanding. For instance, the main street buildings of the streetcar era all have certain characteristics in common. These characteristics form the timeless approach to add distinct individual characteristics affordably. They also:

  • Increase pedestrian interest in the public realm through the use of building texture

  • Enhance the joy factor of the community experience of the built environment through the beauty and craft of each building as expressed in simple ways

  • Provide opportunities to highlight local cultural representations and reflections of the surrounding community

For a Main Street Minute and quick overview of some of these patterns, you can watch the Main Street Patterns video, here:

Community-led Planning & Visioning for Resilient Communities

Webinar, Hosted by the Portland Urban Design Panel | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 

Heather Flint Chatto, Principal of Forage Design + Planning and Director of PDX Main Streets, discusses how community based planning and visioning work can lead to greater support for density through creative public engagement and increased design literacy. As a 20 year planner and environmental designer, Heather helps communities identify local area patterns, design priorities and establish goals for future development. With Forage, she works to foster adaptive strategies creating re-found spaces and renewed places through sustainable design and planning. Learn more about design, policy, planning and visioning opportunities for a more resilient community culture and climate-responsive urban design for Portland. 

Future Prairie Podcast: Design Patterns, Hidden Density, Affordability & Housing Policy

Future Prairie Podcast - July 29, 2020 | 20 min. | Season 3, episode 4
Future Prairie Artist Joni Whitworth interviews Heather Flint Chatto, urban designer and Director of  PDX Main Streets, on environmental design, street art, civic planning, and the future of collaborative planning. Future Prairie Radio is a podcast that examines the future of art, design, and culture through the eyes of marginalized artists. They investigate the humanist and ethical values that intersect with contemporary life and technology.

The Village Project: Tools to Manage Growth & Change 

Interview by Andrew Wilkins, Editor | November 12, 2019

Ahead of the November 15th, 2019 deadline for comments, Heather Flint Chatto spoke about the City of Portland's plan to change citywide design policies (the Design Overlay Zone Amendments process), the work of PDX Main Streets, and best practices for city design and architecture. 

Sellwood-Moreland Adopts Main Street Design Guidelines

Press Release by PDX Main Streets - May 25, 2020

PDX Main Streets Calls for Nominations

SE Examiner - January 31, 2020

PDX Main Street, a grassroots group launched six years to advocate good design elements for new builds along SE’s commercial corridors, is accepting nominations for its 2020 Awards. The Awards seek to recognize exemplary architecture and design, with categories including Best Main Street New Construction, Adaptive Reuse, Art & Innovation, Missing Middle Housing, Culturally Important Preservation, and Best Main Street Champion(s) / Community Leaders. PDX Main Street founder Heather Flint Chatto and her co-visionary Linda Nettekoven, in collaboration with architects, artists, activists and others, developed a toolkit of architectural elements to help empower community members during times of growth and change. 

Activist Spotlight, Outlandish Queer Comedy Show

October, 2019

Design Sparks Creative Solutions

SE Examiner - May, 2019

SE Updates: HBBA Tackles the Future

SE Examiner - February, 2019

Portland Residents Chime in on Design Overlay Talk

by Kent Hohlfeld, Daily Journal of Commerce

DOZA - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Midge Pierce, The Southeast Examiner, May 2017 


DJC Top 25 Women of Vision Award Winner - Interview with Heather Flint Chatto


Collaborative Designs for Division Street

By Don McGillivray, SE Examiner, August 25, 2015

Build It & They Will Critique – Division Design Committee reviews PSU multifamily case studies to consider alternative mixed use designs for what is working or not in Portland.

By Karen Henry, SE Examiner, Feb 1, 2015

Portland’s SE Division Street named one of top 10 up-and-coming neighborhoods nationwide 
by Melissa Binder, The Oregonian, July 3, 2014

Seeds of SE Uplift – Interview with Heather Flint Chatto of the Division Design Committee

By Jay Derderian, SE Uplift Newsletter, May 30, 2014

Downside to Density Designs

By Midge Pierce, SE Examiner, March 1, 2014

Profits Trump Courtesy

By Karen Henry, SE Examiner, Feb 1, 2014

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