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Sustainable urban development, Urban renewal, City Planning -- Oregon -- Tigard


The City of Tigard is in Washington County, Ore., and is part of the Portland Metro area. Within Tigard an isolated portion of the city is surrounded by three main roadways to create the Tigard Triangle (see highlighted location to the left). While an analysis of urban walkability scored Main Street in Downtown Tigard as 66/100, the Triangle area only received half that score (City of Tigard, n.d.-c). This is due to the limited number of sidewalks, low residential density, and relationships of buildings to the streets. Demographic data in this report compares the Triangle to Tigard as a whole and to the Portland Metro area. The residential population of the Triangle is less than one percent of the city’s population of approximately 50,000, but it contains almost seven percent of the city’s land area (City of Tigard, n.d.-c, 2015).

Due to the anticipated needs of Tigard and the Portland Metro area, the city identified the Tigard Triangle as place to promote future growth (City of Tigard, 2015). However, this area is not currently supportive of a diverse community due to the large-scale retail and dependency on automobiles. Therefore, the City of Tigard (2016) developed renewal plans for this area to become a high-density, mixed use, urban area. Several initiatives began with this urban renewal plan for the Triangle. Most notably, the city plans to upgrade infrastructure and they adopted the Tigard Triangle Lean Code to ease its rezoning to a mixed-use designation.


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