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Occasional Papers in Geography Publication No. 4

What is the nature and character of Portland? What are the conditions, changes and developments that have made it what it is? How does Portland compare with other places? What makes it unique? These are some of the question pursued in this volume.

This book contains thirteen chapters discussing various facets of Portland's environmental, economy, and character. It is an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of dynamics and change in the landscape. An overview is provided of Portland as a city and place to live, as well as its functional significance on a national and international basis.

Two threads are woven through the tapestry of these essays. One is that Portland is a big city but with many attributes of a small town. The other is the closeness and accessibility of city and nature. The challenge is how to nurture and maintain both - to have our cake and eat it too. The evidence is clear that most American cities have not been able to achieve this. Only the future can tell how Portland will fare.

The authors are all professional geographers or work in closely related fields. All have been involved with the Portland scene for a number of years and are uniquely qualified to write about these topics. While each approaches problems from his or her own perspective, the net result is a summing up, a taking stock of where we have been and where we are going. When considered as a whole the book should provide a better view than we have had of the nature and character of this special place.

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Department of Geography Portland State University




Transportation -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area -- Planning, Neighborhood planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Community development -- Oregon -- Portland, Portland (Or.) -- History, Portland (Or.) -- Climate -- History, Demographic surveys -- Oregon -- Portland, Port of Portland (Or.), Portland Metropolitan Area (Or.) -- Economic conditions


Transportation | Urban Studies | Urban Studies and Planning

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Prepared for the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 22-26, 1987, Portland, Oregon.

Jointly published by the Department of Geography, Portland State University and the Association of American Geographers.

Recommended Citation

Price, Larry W.; Johnson, Daniel M.; Ashbaugh, James A.; Dotterrer, Steve; Abbott, Carl; Poulsen, Thomas M.; Lycan, Richard; Latz, Gil; Dueker, Kenneth; Edner, Sheldon; Rabiega, William A.; Kale, Steven R.; Corcoran, Patrick E.; Vanselow, Glenn; Hamilton, F. E. Ian; Chapman, Nancy J.; and Starker, Joan, "Portland's Changing Landscape" (1987). Occasional Papers in Geography No. 4.

Portland's Changing Landscape