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Equity In Emergency Management, Sabina Roan, Jaye Cromwell Jan 2019

Equity In Emergency Management, Sabina Roan, Jaye Cromwell

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In the decade following Hurricane Katrina, advocates fighting for the rights of people with disabilities changed the field of emergency management. Their pressure on FEMA led to the establishment of legal and planning precedents to include the needs of the whole community in emergency management.(4) There is now a national, legal requirement to plan for people with disabilities and access and functional needs. Despite this important victory for people with disabilities, there have been no direct legal or policy actions that address the disproportionate response along racial and socio-economic lines.

The theory of social equity has its roots in ...


Riverside Parks, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies Jan 2019

Riverside Parks, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies

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A brief overview of the development of riverfront parks in the Portland Metropolitan Area, including the new Waterfront Park in Vancouver, WA that opened in September 2018.


Making The Connection: Municipal Broadband Meets A Need In The Portland Metropolitan Area, Eavan Moore Jan 2019

Making The Connection: Municipal Broadband Meets A Need In The Portland Metropolitan Area, Eavan Moore

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Internet access has become critical to participating in modern American society, yet the private market is no closer to serving low-income and rural Americans.

In May 2018, the City of Hillsboro announced it would go ahead with a publicly owned and operated, affordable, gigabit-speed Internet service for the entire city. Multnomah County Commissioners voted for a feasibility study of their own in June. The Port of Ridgefield, Washington, has big hopes for its own fiber optic project. Meanwhile, the city of Sandy, Oregon, has been running its own municipal broadband service for the last six years.

What’s driving this ...


Preserving Small Farms In Gales Creek, Oregon: An Interview With Gales Creek Residents, Nathan Williams Jan 2019

Preserving Small Farms In Gales Creek, Oregon: An Interview With Gales Creek Residents, Nathan Williams

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Nathan Williams conducts interviews with several residents of rural Gales Creek, Oregon, discussing the problems faced by small farmers and challenges for farmland preservation.


Life Expectancy, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies Jan 2019

Life Expectancy, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies

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Using Center for Disease Control data, we can visualize the spatial distribution of life expectancy estimates. For reference, the life expectancy of an average adult within the United States born in 2016 is 78.6 years. In the Portland Metropolitan region, 34 percent of the population lives in tracts with an average life expectancy below the United States average. These tracts are clustered largely in east Portland and Gresham. Future research should consider exploring other factors related to life expectancy such as race, income, and education.

Forms part of the continuing series Indicators of the Metroscape.



Geography In Laser-Light: Using Lidar To Map The Metroscape, Justin Sherrill Jan 2019

Geography In Laser-Light: Using Lidar To Map The Metroscape, Justin Sherrill

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Forms part of the recurring series Periodic Atlas of the Metroscape.

This issue of the Periodic Atlas will look at the rising prominence and capabilities of lidar, and how local researchers are using the technology to change the way we see, measure, and manage our region.


Whither Skamania?, Eavan Moore Jul 2018

Whither Skamania?, Eavan Moore

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An in-depth look at Skamania County, Washington, examining its financial challenges, obstacles faced by employers, the impact of declining timber revenues, long-term impacts of the 2017 forest fires, and a look at future growth and possible local government strategies.


The Landscape: Happy Valley, Eavan Moore Jul 2018

The Landscape: Happy Valley, Eavan Moore

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This article examines Happy Valley, Oregon, with special emphasis on how to manage growth amid continued development.


Finding The Middle: Overcoming Challenges To Building Missing Middle Housing, Ryan Winterberg-Lipp Jul 2018

Finding The Middle: Overcoming Challenges To Building Missing Middle Housing, Ryan Winterberg-Lipp

Metroscape

In the Portland metro area and across the state, the demographics of cities are changing. Urban populations and housing prices are rising, while household sizes are declining with an aging baby boomer generation and younger households both delaying marriage and children and having fewer children. With these changing dynamics, many Portland metro communities are looking to missing middle housing types to “provide for the housing needs of citizens of the state” as called for in the Oregon Statewide Planning Goals and Guidelines. With increasing interest in missing middle housing as a way to provide more housing choices for area households ...


Something Borrowed... Total Annual Circulation Of All Library Materials, Including Renewals, Per Capita, By County, Portland Msa, 2001-2016, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies Jan 2018

Something Borrowed... Total Annual Circulation Of All Library Materials, Including Renewals, Per Capita, By County, Portland Msa, 2001-2016, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies

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This installment of Indicators of the Metroscape examines library usage data in the Portland Metropolitan Area.


An Emerging Contradiction: Non-Farm Activity Within Exclusive Farm Use Zones, Nicholas Chun Jan 2018

An Emerging Contradiction: Non-Farm Activity Within Exclusive Farm Use Zones, Nicholas Chun

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This installment of the Periodic Atlas of the Metroscape examines Oregon land use policy and non-farm use activities on agricultural lands that are zoned for exclusive farm use.


Engineering Psu's Future: An Interview With Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi, Sheila Martin, Elizabeth Morehead Jan 2018

Engineering Psu's Future: An Interview With Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi, Sheila Martin, Elizabeth Morehead

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PSU’s ninth president, Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi (pronounced Shoe-re-she) is an experienced administrator and innovative academic who considers his work with students his greatest accomplishment. Shoureshi is a mechanical engineer who earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shoureshi says PSU’s commitment to diversity, civic engagement and innovation persuaded him to join the university.


The Landscape: Cully Neighborhood, Eavan Moore Jan 2018

The Landscape: Cully Neighborhood, Eavan Moore

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This installment of The Landscape focuses on Portland's Cully neighborhood, briefly reviewing its history, demographic trends, and current planning efforts.


The Nuts And Bolts Of Broadband, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies Jan 2018

The Nuts And Bolts Of Broadband, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies

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This Sidebar looks at defining broadband internet access and gives a basic introduction to how it works as well as its implementation at the local level.


Scappoose, Liza Morehead Jul 2017

Scappoose, Liza Morehead

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A brief snapshot of Scappoose, Oregon, discussing its history, growth and development, and a look to its future.


Cultivating The Technology Ecosystem: An Interview With Skip Newbury, Sheila Martin Jul 2017

Cultivating The Technology Ecosystem: An Interview With Skip Newbury, Sheila Martin

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An interview with Skip Newbury, President and CEO of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO). He is a frequent speaker on technology trends and topics, economic development, public-private partnerships and civic innovation. Before joining the TAO, Skip served as an economic development policy advisor to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, where he helped create Portland’s first comprehensive economic development strategy in 16 years, recognizing software as a key industry cluster.


Spanning The Region: A Survey Of Bridges In The Metroscape, Andrés Oswill Jul 2017

Spanning The Region: A Survey Of Bridges In The Metroscape, Andrés Oswill

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Bridges get us where we need to go. They also have character that contributes to a sense of place. Here we profile a selection of bridges in the Portland Metro area to understand the history and logistics of each bridge. When was the bridge built, how was it funded, who maintains it? The bridges we selected reflect the area’s wide variations in bridge style and management. Some of the bridges are county owned; others are run by a state or city transportation department. The bridges range in age, but all are inspected every twenty-four months. A bridge’s story ...


Source Of Down Payment, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies Jul 2017

Source Of Down Payment, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies

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A statistical snapshot of the percentage of owner-occupied housing stock, by major source of down payment, in 2015.


A New Vision For Timber City Usa, Kerry Politzer Jul 2017

A New Vision For Timber City Usa, Kerry Politzer

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A look at the city of Willamina, Oregon, as it attempts to transition from a timber-reliant town to a sustainable future. Provides a brief history of the community and its economic struggles, and its attempts to foster economic development though tourism, arts and winemaking.


The Landscape: Tualatin, Liza Morehead Jan 2017

The Landscape: Tualatin, Liza Morehead

Metroscape

This edition of The Landscape takes a brief look at the city of Tualatin, Oregon, located twelve miles south of Portland, and examines its population, growth, and demographics, as well as defining features and points of interest.


Periodic Atlas Of The Metroscape: The Geography Of Future Housing, Randy Morris, Sheila Martin Jan 2017

Periodic Atlas Of The Metroscape: The Geography Of Future Housing, Randy Morris, Sheila Martin

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In this edition of the Periodic Atlas, we provide a glimpse of housing construction that has been permitted over the past few years, with a focus on multifamily housing. Focusing on recently-permitted units provides a perspective on how the newest housing is and will be different from existing housing. The type of housing that will be built, where it is built, its characteristics, and its price will shape the Portland region in the years to come.


Election 2016: Voter Turnout And Results Across Oregon, Kevin Curry Jan 2017

Election 2016: Voter Turnout And Results Across Oregon, Kevin Curry

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Metroscape went inside the numbers from the 2016 general election. We examined Oregon’s new "motor voter" law to see if it affected turnout and to better understand the new voters added to the rolls in the ‘Beaver State.’ We looked at voter turnout and election results in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Clark and Skamania counties in Washington to answer several questions about the 2016 General Election.


Cross-Laminated Timber: An Innovative Building Material Takes Hold In Oregon, Andrew Crampton Jan 2017

Cross-Laminated Timber: An Innovative Building Material Takes Hold In Oregon, Andrew Crampton

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In a rapidly urbanizing world fueled by the enormous demand to house and shelter billions of people in the upcoming decades, building materials must be utilized that have a lighter climate impact than today’s commonly used energy-intensive building materials.

Is there an alternative to the energy-intensive concrete jungle that is both sustainable and financially viable? How can our built environment enhance, rather than destroy, the natural environment? Part of the solution lies in a recent innovation that uses one of the world’s oldest building materials, wood, with a modern twist: cross-laminated timber, often abbreviated as CLT. These wood-based ...


Women In The Trades: An Interview With Connie Ashbrook And Nora Mullane, Liza Morehead Jan 2017

Women In The Trades: An Interview With Connie Ashbrook And Nora Mullane, Liza Morehead

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Liza Morehead interviews Connie Ashbrook and Nora Mullane.

Connie Ashbrook is the Executive Director and founder of Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., Previous to her years with OTI, she worked in the trades for seventeen years as a dump truck driver, carpenter apprentice, and elevator constructor. She was the first woman in Oregon to become licensed as an elevator mechanic.

Nora Mullane has been a union journey-person carpenter, general contractor, building inspector, and City of Portland Bureau of Developments Services supervisor. Nora says that successfully completing her carpenter’s apprenticeship program has served her well throughout her entire career, and life in ...


Indicators Of The Metroscape: Average Wage Per Job, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies Jan 2017

Indicators Of The Metroscape: Average Wage Per Job, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies

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A chart offering Portland MSA average wage as a percentage of the US metro average wage, 2001-2015.


The Landscape: Tiny And Very Small Houses, Andrés Oswill Jul 2016

The Landscape: Tiny And Very Small Houses, Andrés Oswill

Metroscape

The article describes one of many approaches to creating more affordable housing choices -- tiny and very small houses. The author explains how the current trend returns to an affordable housing approach used much earlier in Portland's history.


From The Frontlines Of The Housing Crisis: Two Vulnerable Tenants Discuss Their Experiences In Portland's Increasingly Brutal Housing Market, Thomas Kerr Jul 2016

From The Frontlines Of The Housing Crisis: Two Vulnerable Tenants Discuss Their Experiences In Portland's Increasingly Brutal Housing Market, Thomas Kerr

Metroscape

Homelessness is the most visible face of Portland's affordable housing crisis, but the numbers of street sleepers and tent campers are nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands of beleaguered tenants. They may be hidden away in their separate apartments, but they are suffering the effects of crisis all the same. Forty percent of the 900,000 households in the Portland Metro area are tenants, and half are paying more than 30 percent of their income on rent. A quarter pay more than 50 percent, and the percentages go higher as the households get poorer. Besides forcing them to ...


Living On The Edge: The Forgotten Tribulations Of Affordable Housing In The Suburbs, Linn Davis Jul 2016

Living On The Edge: The Forgotten Tribulations Of Affordable Housing In The Suburbs, Linn Davis

Metroscape

The article describes how the housing crisis is playing out in the region's suburbs.


Periodic Atlas Of The Of The Metroscape: The Geography Of Publicly Subsidized Affordable Housing, Meg Merrick Jul 2016

Periodic Atlas Of The Of The Metroscape: The Geography Of Publicly Subsidized Affordable Housing, Meg Merrick

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Meg Merrick maps publicly subsidized affordable housing units across the region, discusses their geography, and describes their location in relation to two important amenities: schools and libraries.


Indicators Of The Metroscape: The Young, The Old, And The Single, Elizabeth Morehead Jul 2016

Indicators Of The Metroscape: The Young, The Old, And The Single, Elizabeth Morehead

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Elizabeth Morehead focuses on the changing demographic of households in the Portland metropolitan region