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What makes Portland's central city unique?

Portland has developed an international reputation for being a livable city. But what makes Portland’s Central City
stand out from others around the country? The Central City 2035 (CC2035) Steering Committee recently considered the special themes that make our Central City a unique place to live and work:

  • Innovation and Exchange

  • Livability

  • Connectivity

  • Ingenuity

  • Engagement

  • Opportunity

Envisioning the Central City of 2035, committee members described it as the hub of a world-class city that honors its history, educates its youth and supports its economic development. The Central City would have an international reputation as diverse, vibrant, beautiful, prosperous, sustainable and family-friendly.


These emerging themes and goals will help the Steering Committee develop a Concept Plan for the Central City, which will guide development and decision-making for the heart of the Portland metropolitan region. The Concept Plan should be ready for public review in summer 2012.

About the Steering Committee

The CC2035 Steering Committee is advising the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability on the development of the CC2035 Concept Plan. This group of approximately 15 people is chaired by Chet Orloff of Portland State University and Planning and Sustainability Commission member Michelle Rudd. The committee’s role is to review and critique the draft concept plan and provide staff with guidance for preparing a final draft for review by the Planning and Sustainability Commission and, eventually, City Council.


The next CC2035 Steering Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, 5 p.m. to 7p.m. You can find CC2035 background materials, updates, and upcoming events at www.portlandonline.com/bps/cc2035.

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