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The Portland Edge: Challenges And Successes In Growing Communities

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Portland, Oregon, is often cited as one of the most livable cities in the United States and a model for smart growth. At the same time, critics deride it as a victim of heavy-handed planning and point to its skyrocketing housing costs as a clear sign of good intentions gone awry. Which side is right? Does Portland deserve the accolades it has received, or has hype overshad...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by Island Press
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Crabby McGrouchpants
The Portland Edge takes us where (most) lay readers seldom dare to go: directly into the facts and figures, the terms and names, of the planners and plans of the City of Roses over the past 3-5 decades (more cogently) and century-and-a-half since the city's founding (with no small amount of astuteness, with regard to fundamental, formative trends and their making).

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Portland, OR is, thus, a model city in many ways: one that took the "right-hand path" during the rather-dire national-trauma...more
This book was very, very informative on Portland's strong history of urban planning and community activism. Almost too much so. The topics were more varied than I thought, encompassing everything from the urban growth boundary and transportation planning to the origins of KBOO (Portland community radio) and Portland's approach to homeless populations.

The issue I have with the book is impartiality. The back cover implies that it will take a critical look at Portland's policies to see how they mea...more
OK. So it took me a lot longer to finish this book than I anticipated. The Portland Edge, a collection of chapters by Portland-area urban planners about Portland’s famed… urban planning, isn’t exactly a quick read. Still, I’m glad I read it. I know a lot more now about Portland’s history and the forces that shaped its growth, and it is good background information for understanding some of the current conflicts shaping the city’s politics.
A useful read when it comes to learning about Portland's planning history, although not as informative as it could be. Some of these essays simply reiterate what has been written in scholarly articles elsewhere but some of it is new.
Evan Corey
This is a really good and comprehensive primer on Portland's growth, culture, politics, urban planning and governance. It is also a great way for planners everywhere to think towards a progressive future. Read this!
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