Episode 13 – Portland: The Art of Crossing NE 82nd Avenue
Original air date: March 10, 2010




At NE 82nd Avenue and NE Jonesmore Street in Portland, there is one MAX light rail station, two bus stops, one traffic island and two crosswalks. For years, commuters rushed across the street through the traffic island (instead of using crosswalks) to catch the bus once they exited the Max station. Traffic accidents took place due to fearless pedestrians and careless motorists at this very busy intersection.
The City of Portland, Oregon Department of Transportation and Portland Bureau of Transportation decided that a wall was needed on the traffic island at NE 82nd and Jonesmore, to force commuters to use the crosswalks when crossing the street.
In the spring of 2009, Justin Gorman (an installation artist) and Scott Pitek (architect) were commissioned by the City of Portland to design a sculpture fence. In late February 2010, when the wall was nearly completed, an activist group, “People’s Department of Transportation,” (PDOT) was formed due to their opposition to the wall. Elly Blue and Joe Biel are two of the founders of PDOT.
I invited the two designers of the wall and the two founders of PDOT for a chat about the wall on location at NE 82nd and Jonesmore in Portland.
Music for this episode is performed by Glenn Gould from Bach: The Two and Three Part Inventions and includes “Invention No.12 in A Major, BWV 783”; “Invention No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 784” and “Sinfonia No. 14 in B-flat Major, BWV 800.”
People’s Department of TransportationThirty Thousand Seconds82nd Ave. Median Sculpture
Show CreditsProduced By: Ivy Lin
Episode CreditsSpecial Guests: Justin Gorman Scott Pitek Elly Blue Joe Biel

Episode 13 – Portland: The Art of Crossing NE 82nd Avenue

Original air date: March 10, 2010

At NE 82nd Avenue and NE Jonesmore Street in Portland, there is one MAX light rail station, two bus stops, one traffic island and two crosswalks. For years, commuters rushed across the street through the traffic island (instead of using crosswalks) to catch the bus once they exited the Max station. Traffic accidents took place due to fearless pedestrians and careless motorists at this very busy intersection.

The City of Portland, Oregon Department of Transportation and Portland Bureau of Transportation decided that a wall was needed on the traffic island at NE 82nd and Jonesmore, to force commuters to use the crosswalks when crossing the street.

In the spring of 2009, Justin Gorman (an installation artist) and Scott Pitek (architect) were commissioned by the City of Portland to design a sculpture fence. In late February 2010, when the wall was nearly completed, an activist group, “People’s Department of Transportation,” (PDOT) was formed due to their opposition to the wall. Elly Blue and Joe Biel are two of the founders of PDOT.

I invited the two designers of the wall and the two founders of PDOT for a chat about the wall on location at NE 82nd and Jonesmore in Portland.

Music for this episode is performed by Glenn Gould from Bach: The Two and Three Part Inventions and includes “Invention No.12 in A Major, BWV 783”; “Invention No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 784” and “Sinfonia No. 14 in B-flat Major, BWV 800.”

People’s Department of Transportation
Thirty Thousand Seconds
82nd Ave. Median Sculpture

Show Credits
Produced By:
Ivy Lin

Episode Credits
Special Guests:
Justin Gorman
Scott Pitek
Elly Blue
Joe Biel

Episode 13 – Portland: The Art of Crossing NE 82nd Avenue
Original air date: March 10, 2010




At NE 82nd Avenue and NE Jonesmore Street in Portland, there is one MAX light rail station, two bus stops, one traffic island and two crosswalks. For years, commuters rushed across the street through the traffic island (instead of using crosswalks) to catch the bus once they exited the Max station. Traffic accidents took place due to fearless pedestrians and careless motorists at this very busy intersection.
The City of Portland, Oregon Department of Transportation and Portland Bureau of Transportation decided that a wall was needed on the traffic island at NE 82nd and Jonesmore, to force commuters to use the crosswalks when crossing the street.
In the spring of 2009, Justin Gorman (an installation artist) and Scott Pitek (architect) were commissioned by the City of Portland to design a sculpture fence. In late February 2010, when the wall was nearly completed, an activist group, “People’s Department of Transportation,” (PDOT) was formed due to their opposition to the wall. Elly Blue and Joe Biel are two of the founders of PDOT.
I invited the two designers of the wall and the two founders of PDOT for a chat about the wall on location at NE 82nd and Jonesmore in Portland.
Music for this episode is performed by Glenn Gould from Bach: The Two and Three Part Inventions and includes “Invention No.12 in A Major, BWV 783”; “Invention No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 784” and “Sinfonia No. 14 in B-flat Major, BWV 800.”
People’s Department of TransportationThirty Thousand Seconds82nd Ave. Median Sculpture
Show CreditsProduced By: Ivy Lin
Episode CreditsSpecial Guests: Justin Gorman Scott Pitek Elly Blue Joe Biel

Episode 13 – Portland: The Art of Crossing NE 82nd Avenue

Original air date: March 10, 2010

At NE 82nd Avenue and NE Jonesmore Street in Portland, there is one MAX light rail station, two bus stops, one traffic island and two crosswalks. For years, commuters rushed across the street through the traffic island (instead of using crosswalks) to catch the bus once they exited the Max station. Traffic accidents took place due to fearless pedestrians and careless motorists at this very busy intersection.

The City of Portland, Oregon Department of Transportation and Portland Bureau of Transportation decided that a wall was needed on the traffic island at NE 82nd and Jonesmore, to force commuters to use the crosswalks when crossing the street.

In the spring of 2009, Justin Gorman (an installation artist) and Scott Pitek (architect) were commissioned by the City of Portland to design a sculpture fence. In late February 2010, when the wall was nearly completed, an activist group, “People’s Department of Transportation,” (PDOT) was formed due to their opposition to the wall. Elly Blue and Joe Biel are two of the founders of PDOT.

I invited the two designers of the wall and the two founders of PDOT for a chat about the wall on location at NE 82nd and Jonesmore in Portland.

Music for this episode is performed by Glenn Gould from Bach: The Two and Three Part Inventions and includes “Invention No.12 in A Major, BWV 783”; “Invention No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 784” and “Sinfonia No. 14 in B-flat Major, BWV 800.”

People’s Department of Transportation
Thirty Thousand Seconds
82nd Ave. Median Sculpture

Show Credits
Produced By:
Ivy Lin

Episode Credits
Special Guests:
Justin Gorman
Scott Pitek
Elly Blue
Joe Biel

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Current City is a series of radio documentaries hosted by Ivy Lin and inspired by her recent travel to Scandinavia. Current City features architecture, music, film, places, and people from Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Reykjavik. Current City will begin with episodes featuring one city per show, then Portland, Ivy's current city will come into the mix for the purpose to create dialogues/exchange between Portland and these cities by "pairing up" architects, urban designers, musicians, film directors, cultural houses, local record stores/labels, etc. As Ivy continues to travel, more cities have joined Current City, including Taipei, Zurich, Hong Kong, Berlin, and Barcelona.

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