The city of Stanfield is looking to revamp its Main Street to seem less “blip in the road” and more “destination.”

City manager Blair Larsen said Main Street’s sparse, wide corridor looks a lot less inviting to drivers passing through than the photo he recently came across of Stanfield in the 1950s.

“There were big, nice trees on the street,” he said of the photo. “There was a real sense of place. You got the sense that this is someone’s home.”

He said the goal of any changes the city makes will be to encourage people driving through Stanfield on Highway 395 to slow down and “realize this is a place where people live and work.”

The city is hosting a workshop on Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Stanfield High School to gather input from residents about how to improve the view from Main Street. The workshop will be facilitated by the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program.

Larsen said the city has limited funds, but the Oregon Department of Transportation will be involved in the workshop and could decide to help with some traffic flow changes to Highway 395. The city can also pursue grants, and Larsen said some changes, such as additions to the city code, would not cost the city anything.

He said the city is interested in hearing any ideas that could revitalize the Main Street corridor, encourage people to slow down while driving through Stanfield and make the road safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

“This gets the ball rolling to get some ideas to the city and hear from citizens what they would like,” Larsen said.


Contact Jade McDowell at or 541-564-4536.

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