South Auditorium District Walking Tour

Keller Fountain Park

SW 3rd Ave & Clay St
Portland, OR
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A walk through the history of Portland’s most ambitious Urban Renewal project.


This walking tour explores modernist planning, architecture and public space in the era of Urban Renewal. It will examine the ideas behind the demolition of “blighted” districts and their redevelopment along a modernist vision of cities. It will also look at what was destroyed to make way for this vision. The walk and narrative will be supplemented with maps and images showing the district before, during and after redevelopment.



1.5-2 hour guided walking tour begins at Keller Fountain, and will conclude near the Harrison Towers.


Tour Guide

Jonathan Konkol, AICP is a Planner and Architectural Designer based in Portland. Jonathan studied cultural anthropology at Reed College before earning a Masters of Urban & Regional Planning at Portland State, followed by a Masters of Architecture at the University of Washington. Jonathan has worked in architecture and planning at firms in Portland, Seattle and Copenhagen. He serves on the policy committee of Restore Oregon, the City Club of Portland and is a past board member of Allied Arts of Seattle. He blogs about architecture and urban design at

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