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The City of Portland, Oregon

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Central City as a Center for Innovation and Exchange

During its third meeting on February 9, the Central City 2035 Steering Committee explored the Central City’s role in achieving the goals of the Portland Plan. The committee also reviewed part one of the draft Concept Plan, focusing on supporting objectives for the vision of Portland’s Central City as a center for innovation and exchange. Members discussed how livability, prosperity, education and equity relate to each other and how the built environment could foster them.

The committee identified several unique characteristics of Portland’s Central City including: innovation, commitment to equity, and intentional preservation of natural and cultural resources such as manufacturing facilities and small, walkable blocks. They discussed “big leaps” described in the 1988 Central City Plan, which have already been achieved and brainstormed ideas for the Central City that will set Portland apart from other cities in 2035. Read the meeting minutes to see which ideas came forward. The Steering Committee will meet again on March 8 to review a revised version of the draft Concept Plan

For questions or comments about the meeting or the CC2035 Concept Plan, please contact Troy Doss at (503) 823-5857 or by email at