Throughout the summer, we'll be featuring stops on our Land Use Trail. Today, August 22: The Pearl District. No longer known as the “Northwest Industrial Triangle”, Portland’s Pearl District has completely transformed its identity.
It's sometimes hard to keep up with all the news in land use and livability. On Twitter and Facebook, 1000 Friends strives to keep you informed about what matters. But don't worry if you miss something along the way--our Livability List recaps some of our recent social media highlights.
A recent study from Harvard and UC Berkeley has raised a lot of concerns about the relationship between sprawl and income mobility. As Paul Krugman summed it up in the New York Times, researchers found that many Americans are effectively "Stranded by Sprawl"--caught in a cycle of high transportation costs, income segregation, and poor health that prevent them from moving up the economic ladder.
In a recent piece on Metro News, reporter Molly Simas shares impressions and photos from a recent tour of Hillsboro's newest downtown development, a four-story mixed-use development that will bring new life to a lot that has been undeveloped for over a decade.
What makes for a good transit system? What are the key issues that planners and policy makers focus on? Are our current transit systems serving the needs of the community? These were the questions at a recent workshop in Portland led by consultant Jarrett Walker.
Our Land Use Leadership Initiative recently took its final tour, a visit to the Jade District of East Portland, centered on SE Division and 82nd Avenue. LULI fellow Aaron Brown reflects on the experience and what it teaches him about neighborhood-led urban renewal.
The Oregonian's Andrea Castillo reports on the increasing numbers of farms in Washington County that are operated by minorities, many of whom were originally farm workers in the United States. The story highlights the changing face of Oregon agriculture.