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Rosewood Conceptual Neighborhood Master Plan

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In order to envision a possible future for Rosewood, it’s important to understand both the physical opportunities within the community as well as the constraints that must be overcome in order to realize those opportunities. Many of these are summarized in the text and map below.


Neighborhood Assets. Rosewood benefits from a diversity of community-serving assets spread throughout the neighborhood. These include commercial services, a number of schools and parks, and churches and community organizations. Many of these assets are clustered along SE Stark, SE 162nd, E Burnside, and SE 181st, and there is the potential to bolster these services at “activity nodes” where major roadways intersect.


Transportation and Connectivity. Rosewood is decently-served by both MAX light rail and bus service, but is largely auto-dominated as is much of East Portland and Gresham. The City of Portland is making significant transportation and safety investments in the Rosewood area, including via the 150s Neighborhood Greenway, the 4M Bike Project, improvements to NE Glisan Street, the Outer Stark Safety Project, and the Rose Lane transit priority project (with TriMet). That said, overall connectivity - especially for pedestrians and bicyclists - is very limited: large block sizes with few local through-streets mean that local trips require everyone to travel longer distances and access large, auto-centric arterials.


Parks and Open Space. Portland has also been building and improving area parks, including the recent Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park and the forthcoming major expansion of Parklane Park. These new facilities will bolster the existing set of parks and school open spaces spread throughout the community. 

Development Opportunity Sites. Throughout Rosewood, and especially along the major road corridors, there are vacant or underutilized sites that could be (re)developed to provide needed housing, commercial services, or community uses.

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