Next Exit Concrete Forest:
The Mt. Hood Freeway Story.

Presented by Val Ballestrem

In the 1960s, city planners had their eyes on a highway running from the Marquam Bridge through southeast Portland up to SE 122nd Avenue in an attempt to speed traffic to Mt. Hood. By 1974, the freeway plan had all but died, having met opposition from residents, environmental groups, and proponents of public transportation (led by Neil Goldschmidt). Val Ballestrem traces the origins of both the original freeway plan and the protest against it, and connects the debate to Portland's present landscape.

Val Ballestrem is an independent historian and the education manager for the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center in Portland. A life-long Oregonian, he has a masters degree in western U.S. history and public history from Portland State University.

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November 30, 2010, 6:30pm

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