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The Once and Future Central City

Among the unique qualities of a city is its mix of old and new and ever-changing urban form. Part of the challenge is seeking a balance in deciding what is preserved and what isn't and finding ways to accommodate growth and change while preserving what is best about the historic urban fabric. On May 20, as part of the ongoing Central City 2035 (CC2035) Symposium Series, CC2035 will hold a symposium on historic resources. The focus of this discussion will be on identifying the most important historic resource issues facing the Central City and how they might be addressed in the CC2035 plan.

There is a history behind every place in Portland; it speaks to who we are as a city and where we would like to go. CC2035 is an exciting opportunity to determine what the Central City will become in the future while also recognizing its unique history. From the alleys of Old-Town to the mid-rises of the Pearl, the history of Russell Street in the NE and the mix of entrepreneurship and industry in the Central Eastside, the Central City has a rich cultural history to acknowledge as it evolves and takes on new residents, buildings, places and forms.

This Historic Resources Symposium on May 20 will feature representatives from public and private interests, and provides a chance for the public to learn and provide feedback regarding this issue.

For more information, please review the meeting packet and background report or contact Nicholas Starin at 503-823-5837 or by e-mail at

This topic is one of many integrated themes under discussion about the Central City. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.

The CC2035 team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.