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Kerns Neighborhood Association is undertaking a Placemaking Initiative in 2021 to clearly identify the Kerns neighborhood to residents, workers and visitors of the neighborhood. We feel that Kerns Neighborhood is a bit of a hidden treasure within Portland with much lower name recognition than other neighborhoods, such as Laurelhurst, Buckman, Sunnyside, etc.
Some Kerns residents have come up with a 3-tiered approach to placemaking in Kerns:
- Featured Places
This also will coincide with an Outreach Initiative that we are pursuing to reach out to Kerns neighbors.
Below is a map of the Kerns neighborhood, followed by a map of location candidates for banners, gateways and featured places
Placemaking Initiative Place Candidates (as started by Dave Weaver, Kerns NA Vice Chair)
Here is a document by Kerns board member Daniel Lyman that provides a Scope of Work for gateways / gates
Banner Design Ideas
Below is a rendering of a potential Featured Place by Kerns resident, architect Martha Peck Andrews.
This corresponds to Place 1 on the map above.
As it is now:
This is a similar project which was implemented in the Los Angeles area by Daniel Lyman
These are some icons signs and buildings in the Kerns neighborhood for inspiration: