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My Portland Plan: Collaborating with Greater Portland Pulse to Track and Measure Our Community's Success

Data visualization mapping can help us achieve the Portland Plan goals

The City of Portland is stepping up its collaboration with Greater Portland Pulse to ensure that the Portland Plan Measures of Success data are tracked and updated on a regular basis. Greater Portland Pulse is the regional indicator effort coordinated by Portland State University’s (PSU) Institute of Metropolitan Studies. The City’s collaboration with Greater Portland Pulse will help the Portland Plan partners monitor key indicators of community health and prosperity, such as obesity rates, air quality standards and income distribution.

Using data visualization tools available through Greater Portland Pulse, both the City and Portland State University can highlight the progress in the city and the region toward more equitable, prosperous and healthy communities. This effort can also help reveal issues — geographic, economic or social — that we collectively need to pay more attention to.

The maps below are an example of how we can sort, arrange and visually represent data — and track it over time —  using the tool “Weave,” which makes interacting with and studying the data accessible and engaging for anyone with an interest in graphic representation of statistics. 

Take a look at the high school graduation rates for different classes from 2008-11, for example. Studying the map and data, you’ll notice the subtle shifts over the last few school years not only in the school districts that serve Portland proper, but also in the region as a whole.

Mapping the Portland Plan Measures of Success

At the heart of the Portland Plan is equity. Actions in the plan attempt to address disparities based on class and race. The maps and charts shown here are just one way to gauge our progress toward a more equitable Portland. In this case, using the Greater Portland Pulse data visualization tool, you can see the gap in graduation rates between students of color and white and Asian students. Lower graduation rates are associated with lower employment opportunities, as well as other measures of success. The visualization tool can help to illuminate these gaps, thus increasing awareness and elevating the issue of disparities across class and different population groups.

Over the coming year, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Institute of Metropolitan Studies will be working together to highlight those measures that matter to you. From education to economic opportunity, affordable housing to how we get around, and a healthy environment to healthy people, the collaboration between the City and the Greater Portland Pulse project will help keep decision-makers and residents, too, on track toward a shared desired future: a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable Portland.

Visit to learn what you can do today to make Portland better tomorrow. 

High School Graduation Rates 2008-2009

2008-2009 HS Grad Rates

High School Graduation Rates 2009-2010

2009-2010 HS Grad Rates

High School Graduation Rates 2010-2011

2010-2011 HS Grad Rates

N/NE Quadrant SAC Process Comes to a Close with the Endorsement of Draft Plans and a Positive Outlook on the Process

N/NE Quadrant Meeting Recap

The N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) held its last meeting on August 2nd to make final recommendations on the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans. These plans will be forwarded to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, Portland City Council and Oregon Transportation Commission this fall.

Highlights of the meeting include:

  • The SAC reviewed final amendments to the I-5 Facility Plan, which lays out recommended improvements to the Broadway/Weidler Interchange and surrounding local streets. The Facility Plan was previously endorsed by the committee at their June 7 meeting by majority-minority vote, with all but three members present voting for the proposal.
  • The SAC endorsed the revised and amended draft N/NE Quadrant Plan, which will update the long-range plan for the Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts of the Central City, by a consensus vote. The draft plan had been revised to address comments received on the previous version reviewed by the SAC at their June 28th meeting.
  • SAC members were recognized for their service and thanked for their dedication of time and commitment to the process. Special thanks were given to Gary Warren for generously hosting numerous SAC meetings at Calaroga Terrace. Committee Co-Chairs Lloyd Lindley and Tracy Whalen and several other members remarked on the good working relationship of the committee and the positive outcome – a plan for a better place – that was a result of the joint City and ODOT process. 

 Please see the meeting packet for other meeting documents and information.

Next Steps

The recommendations of the N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee will be forwarded on to City and State decision-makers for adoption. The public is invited to attend and testify at public hearings. Specific dates and times will be posted to the calendar as they are available.

  • Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission – 9/11/12 Public Hearing (public testimony); 9/25/12 Work Session and Recommendation (no testimony)
  • Portland City Council - October, 2012
  • Oregon Transportation Commission - December, 2012

N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC)

The Draft Central City 2035 Concept Plan is now available!

BPS Releases Draft CC2035 Concept Plan

Together the Central City 2035 (CC2035) Steering Committee and BPS staff are proud to announce the release of the CC2035 Concept Plan. The plan comes after two years of stakeholder involvement and public outreach and charts a course for Portland’s future over the coming decades. The CC2035 Concept Plan outlines policies and directions that provide high-level guidance for the city center’s growth and development. It emphasizes the important role the city center plays for the region and is intended to guide development of four detailed quadrant plans within the Central City (N/NE, SE, NW and SW).

You can download a copy of the CC2035 Concept Plan or contact project staff via email at Hard copies can be mailed by calling (503) 823-9714 or picked up at an upcoming event, including the two below. Come ask questions, get info and enjoy these neighborhood events.

Saturday, August 18

Multnomah Days

Thursday, August 23

Plaza Palooza

The Concept Plan will be presented to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission at a hearing on September 11th after 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to submit testimony to the PSC in person or in writing. Tips for testifying are available online.

There will be another opportunity for public testimony and comment at a City Council hearing, tentatively scheduled for October.

For questions or comments about the CC2035 Concept Plan, please contact project staff at


PSC News: August 14, 2012 meeting recap and documents

Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Partnership - briefing; Barbur Concept Plan - briefing; West Hayden Island - briefing

The Planning and Sustainability Commission met on August 14, 2012.


  • Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Partnership - briefing
  • Barbur Concept Plan - briefing
  • West Hayden Island - briefing

Meeting files:

An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at