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Regional planning -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Land use -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Population forecasting -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area


Metropolitan Portland is often cited as a model for regional planning and growth management. In the 19905, both academics and the popular press "discovered" the Portland region, connecting our quality of life--vibrant urban places, natural beauty, and healthy economy--with our unique forms of regional cooperation and land use planning. Metropolitan Portland became the avatar of an emerging New Regionalism, a movement characterized not only by its spatial nature, but also by an interest in holistic solutions integrating a variety of issue areas. One central tenant of this movement is the ability of regional policies to address growing inequities and inefficiencies associated with gaps in regional governance and metropolitan authority in an eta of ever increasing inter and intra metropolitan competition. Home to Metro, the nation's only elected regional government, the Portland region is lauded for protecting the environment through preservation of farmland and open space and for promoting the economy through facilitating the development of vibrant urban centers. However, how does the region define and act on issues of social and economic equity?


Originally appeared in the Metropolitan Briefing Book 2005, presented by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University.

The Metropolitan Briefing Book is a biennial publication developed by the Institute to provide elected and appointed leaders in the six-county area with information about issues and trends common to all corners of the region. The Briefing Book will also be useful to citizens interested in understanding the economic and demographic context of the Portland region as well as the critical issues and challenges we face.

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