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Winter 2003


Cities and towns -- Growth -- Government policy, Land use planning -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Urban density


This issue's atlas compares the metroscape with four other metropolitan areas (San Antonio, Columbus, Charlotte, and Orlando). Using 1990 and 2000 census block group data, density classifications were used to show patterns of urban (3 ,000+ persons/ sq.mi .), suburban (1 ,000 to 3,000 persons/sq.mi .), exurban (300 to 1,000 persons/sq .mi.) , and rural (/sq.mi.) growth. While the metroscape experienced significant population growth from 1990 to 2000, compared to the other four, it realized the smallest loss of rural lands and significantly less suburban and exurban style development as well. By comparison, Orlando - the other metro area in the sample using urban containment policies - realized significantly more outward development.


Originally appeared in the Winter 2003 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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