Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People: Portland's Bridges and a New Icon

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Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People: Portland's Bridges and a New Icon

  • Definitive guide to Tilikum Crossing, written by the bridge's architect, Donald MacDonald.

  • Featuring more than 90 full-color illustrations and maps.

  • Discover the history of all of Portland's bridges from the Morrison Bridge to the Tilikum Crossing.

  • Learn about the public process that gave citizens, advocacy groups, and stakeholders a voice leading up to the final design of the bridge.

  • Appreciate how the bridge was built with consideration of the fish, birds, and mammals who call the Willamette home.

Portland, Oregon's innovative and distinctive landmark, Tilikum Crossing Bridge of the People, is the first major bridge in the U.S, carrying trains, buses, streetcars, bicycles, and pedestrians- but no private automobiles. When regional transportation agency TriMet began planning for the first bridge to be constructed across the Willamette River since 1973, the goal was to build something symbolic, which would represent the progressive nature of the Twenty-First Century. Part of that progressiveness was engaging in a public process that involved neighborhood associations, small businesses, environmentalists, biologists, bicycling enthusiasts, designers, engineers, and the City Council. The result of this collaboration was an entirely unique bridge that increased the transportation capacity of the city while allowing Portlanders to experience their urban home in an entirely new way--car-free.

In this book, the award-winning architect of Tilikum Crossing, Donald MacDonald, with co-author Ira Nadel, tells the story of Portland through its bridges. Written in a friendly voice, readers will learn how Portland came to be known as "The City of Bridges" and the home to this new icon in the city's landscape. MacDonald uses 98 of his own drawings to illustrate the history of Portland river crossings and to show the process of building a Twenty-First Century landmark. Anyone who has ever crossed this remarkable bridge will take away a deeper understanding of how our public structures reflect who we are as a community.

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