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Pacific Northwest Quarterly

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City planning -- Oregon -- Portland -- History, Urban development -- Oregon -- Portland


Portland, Oregon grew so rapidly in population and wealth between 1905 and 1912 that the city's business leadership called for a systematic plan for future urban growth. The City Improvement League accepted the architectural recommendations of Edward H. Bennett to develop outward from the city's center through a series of government buildings, neighborhood parks, and parkways. Unfortunately, the local economic boom collapsed in 1912 and ended any chances of implementing Bennett's plan. Six years later, prosperity returned and a new architectural proposal by Charles Cheney gained acceptance, only to be subverted by the post-World War I economic slump.


This is the publisher's final PDF. The final publication can be found at: The Pacific Northwest Quarterly , Vol. 76, No. 1 (Jan., 1985), pp. 12-21.

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