Periodic Atlas of the Metroscape: Dreamscape, The Face of Regional Housing

Alston Straub, Portland State University

Originally appeared in the Winter 2006 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.


The saga of American homeownership plays out across a complex landscape throughout the US and the Portland metropolitan region. It’s fi lled with many issues: housing supply, neighborhood amenities, population demographics, transportation networks, personal income levels, zoning and property regulations, taxes, and affordability measures (cost versus income). The maps shown here provide a brief summary, using the most recently available estimates for U.S. census tracts (2004 data) of people and homes in the metroscape.