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Portland Metropolitan Area (Or.) -- Planning, Transportation -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area -- Planning, Traffic congestion -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area


The purpose of this report is to provide dues paying members of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies (IMS) with a collection of best practice solutions that addresses the critical issues presently faced by local governments in the Portland-Metropolitan Region. These issues were originally identified through a series of interviews conducted on behalf of IMS by a small group of graduate students at Portland State University (PSU) in the spring of 2001. That investigation consulted local decision makers and top administrators in the Portland-Metropolitan area in order to produce a list of twelve key areas that are of concern to these local municipalities. This capstone team was formed at PSU in the summer of that year to further investigate these items. In this report we have distilled the twelve key areas of interest into four critical issues. These constitute the most often cited areas of concern by local authorities. They include issues of traffic congestion, public involvement, volunteer programs and alternative funding sources.


This paper was a collaborative effort and a product of a Portland State University Capstone class taught summer 2001.

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