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Portland State University

1996

Urban Studies and Planning Faculty Publications and Presentations

Urban planning -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area

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The Portland Region: Where City And Suburbs Talk To Each Other ... And Sometimes Agree, Carl Abbott Nov 1996

The Portland Region: Where City And Suburbs Talk To Each Other ... And Sometimes Agree, Carl Abbott

Urban Studies and Planning Faculty Publications and Presentations

Portland, OR, is often cited as an example of successful regional governance and planning. The metropolitan area appears to match many of the precepts of the popular "compact city" model of urban growth and to demonstrate the capacity of local and state government to shape growing metropolitan regions. Given this reputation, it is important to evaluate the relevance of the Portland experience for other communities, distinguishing unique local circumstances form generalizable characteristics. This analysis explores the spatial character of metropolitan Portland in the 1990s, summarizes the politics of regional planning, examines weaknesses in the Portland approach, and offers suggestions for ...