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Portland is one of the most globally competitive, equitable, desirable and healthy cities to live in worldwide. However, quality of life in Portland varies, and there is more that needs to be accomplished to improve the development of our neighborhoods. Mayor Charlie Hales, with the Portland Development Commission (PDC), has committed to ensure that Portland becomes an equitable and livable city for everyone. The PDC is Portland’s urban renewal and economic development agency. The Mayor and PDC work to implement projects that will create economic growth and opportunity in Portland by stimulating job creation, encouraging broad economic prosperity, and fostering great places to live. This year PDC completed its five-year strategic plan to guide its future efforts.
PDC, the Mayor and partners are working to achieve these goals through implementation of:
Urban Renewal is a redevelopment and finance program that works to improve and redevelop specific communities in poor conditions, due to physical deterioration, economic stagnation, and unsafe or poor planning. This specific community neighborhoods are known as Urban Renewal Areas*. Each Urban Renewal Area has a course of action plan for its specific needs. The Portland Development Commission and the Mayor use the Urban Renewal as a tool to create and fund projects that would benefit the community and meet their needs in those areas.
Mayor Charlie Hales believes in using the Urban Renewal as a tool to create shared prosperity and livable neighborhoods. When the mayor took office in 2013, he asked the PDC, who directly oversees this system, to re-examine the boundaries, duration, and purpose of all the Urban Renewal Areas to ensure its efficiency. On April 1, 2015, the Mayor successfully passed through City Council the proposed Urban Renewal Area amendments, which put $800 million in assessed value back on the tax rolls.
*Urban Renewal Areas include the following neighborhoods: Portions of Arbor Lodge, Boise, Bridgeton, Eliot, Humboldt, Kenton, King, Overlook, Piedmont, Portsmouth, Concordia, East Columbia, Friends of Cathedral Park, St. Johns, University Park, Woodlawn, Vernon.
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