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Civil Engineering
Murase's design makes Portland's new rail line sing.
By Mark Hinshaw

Portland, Oregon, has long been known for its innovative investments in urban transportation. A few decades ago, the city ripped out a wide, ugly roadway along the Willamette River and replaced it with Tom McCall Park, a sweeping and splendid public commons that has become a collective "front yard" for the citizenry.

A bit later, Portland declined federal funds to built an expressway to the eastern reaches of the city, instead requesting and receiving money to fund a light-rail line in the same general alignment. It went on to rebuild two of its primary downtown streets into gorgeous transit malls that link a host of destinations within the central city.

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