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Washington Square Shopping Center (Tigard Or.), Central business districts -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Business parks -- Oregon, Suburbanites -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area -- Social conditions

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27 pages


Suburban congestion is a much-discussed phenomenon, although its nature and dimensions are poorly understood. During the Winter term of 1989, several students in the Transportation and Land Use class in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, examined in term papers transportation issues related to suburban activity centers, particularly the Washington Square center area of suburban Portland.

This report is a synthesis of work derived from the student's term papers. Four of the students continued their research in a collaborative way and presented their joint finding at a workshop at the University of Washington sponsored by TransNOW, the consortium of universities conducting transportation research in the Pacific Northwest. Together with presentations by students from the University of Washington, the one day workshop explored a number of transportation issues related to suburban activity centers. Dr. Scott Rutherford, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, organized and moderated the workshop, and Dr. Nancy Nihan, Director of TransNOW, hosted it.

Following the workshop, Rodney Jennings prepared this synthesis report of the findings of the PSU student research team. The contributions of other masters of urban planning students are acknowledged. They are Clyde Dixon, William Harper, and Matt Newman. The group process was a useful learning experience, about transportation and suburban activity centers, and about the conduct of research.


Catalog Number SR017.

A product of the Center for Urban Studies, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University.

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