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Working Paper

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Land use -- Planning -- Oregon, City planning -- Oregon, Regional planning -- Oregon -- Forecasting, Cities and towns -- Growth

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21 pages


In 1987 New York City adopted the report of its "Commission on the Year 2000." A year later Los Angeles followed the same course and approved a report prepared by its "Los Angeles 2000 Committee." In Oregon we have been equally active in the development of alternative scenarios and strategic plans for the year 2000. The Oregon Progress Board and its Benchmarks is just one example. Others include Portland's Civic Index process and Future Focus, METRO's Goals and Objectives study and LCDC's Growth Management Study. These studies and numerous others across the country reflect a the desire to enhance, or at least maintain, the quality of our social and physical environments as we move into the 21st century. The year 2000 is obviously a significant milestone. It is not only the end of one century and the beginning of another one, but it is also the transition from one millennium to another. Other than the attached symbolism, however, the year 2000 is no more significant for us today than 1990 was nine years ago. Nevertheless, symbolism is an important and very powerful tool if used properly to challenge our imagination and focus our attention on the real issues, assuming we can delineate them in the proper framework.


This paper is based on a presentation to the Oregon Progress Board, delivered September 17, 1991.

Catalog Number DP91-2.

A product of the Center for Urban Studies, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University.

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