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Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Phone: 503-823-4120

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204

What Are You Looking At?

TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014 – Portland is known for its iconic views: the city’s skyline and Mount Hood, the many bridges, buildings and fountains all help define the character of the city. These views leave a lasting impression on residents and visitors alike. 

Vista BridgeTo preserve these visual treasures, Portland manages an inventory of views, viewpoints and view corridors within and of the Central City. This inventory is now 25 years old.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is updating it as part of the Central City 2035 planning effort and needs need your help. Now through Aug. 8, city staff are taking nominations for new views, viewpoints and view corridors.

The Central City Scenic Resources Map shows the viewpoints and view corridors from the current inventories. Much has changed since the last comprehensive inventory was created in 1988 — the Pearl District has been developed, Tillikum Crossing is just about finished — and there are likely new views that should be considered for future protection.

What views can be nominated?

● The viewpoint or view corridor – where you are when you enjoy the view – must be on public property or have public access.

● The feature that is viewed also must be in public ownership. Private buildings are not included in this inventory.

How can nominations be submitted?

You can nominate a view by completing the online nomination form on the Scenic Resources Inventory website. You will need to provide information about: 1) where the viewpoint or view corridor is located; 2) what the view is of; and 3) why you think it should be included in the inventory.

Next steps: All of the inventoried views, viewpoints and view corridors will be evaluated in Fall 2014 and ranked based on their significance or importance. The results of the study will inform discussions through the Central City 2035 plan about how to protect and manage views and viewpoints.