For almost three decades, Portland, Oregon has pursued a “smart growth” strategy designed to arrest suburban sprawl and its consequences: air pollution from cars and the loss of farmland and open spaces. But the compact, walkable, transit-oriented and self-contained neighborhoods the strategy produced were more of a curiosity than a model other cities followed.
Recent concerns about climate change and oil-price shocks have changed that. The Portland Development Commission (PDC) is shifting its priorities. Traditionally focused on making Portland’s streets and buildings more appealing, it now looks for ways to create jobs. It is a tough challenge for the commission, which can tie subsidies to economic-development goals but does not have much control over where employers locate.
Thanks to knowledgeplex for the update.