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2010 Census numbers show diversity dwindling in Portland's inner neighborhoods

The Oregonian's two-part account of gentrification describes key issue for the Portland Plan

map thumbnails, credit: oregon liveReporter Nikole Hannah-Jones of the Oregonian explores the history and meaning of Portland's population shifts revealed in the recently released 2010 Census numbers. Equity is the essence of the Portland Plan so the the lack of diversity in Portland's inner neighborhoods is an issue to take seriously.

Find out more by reading the articles below. Then take a look at the draft strategies for the city's future and see how the Portland Plan proposes to address this and other challenges.

Oregon Live: In Portland's heart, 2010 Census shows diversity dwindling

Oregon Live: Lessons learned? What Portland leaders did -- and didn't do -- as people of color were forced to the fringes 

Portland Plan Business Forum draws crowd of local business people

Real time polling reveals that improving education tops list of actions

On Friday, April 29, 2011, some 70 Portland business people convened at NW Natural to learn about and weigh in on the draft Portland Plan strategies for Economic Prosperity & Affordability, Education, and Healthy Connected Neighborhoods -- all of which are bolstered by an Equity Initiative. Not surprisingly -- considering a growing community concern about the readiness of students for living wage jobs -- participants rated the actions within the education strategy most highly. See the results of the hand held clicker polling, and then cast your own vote on the strategies.

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Public Safety Symposium Shakes Up Conversation

The CC2035 Symposium on Public Safety focused on tough issues and future planning

Public Safety was the focus of the latest Central City 2035 (CC2035) symposium on April 22nd. Service providers and neighborhood representatives came together and discussed the importance of a safe physical environment to commerce and life in the Central City for the next 25 years. Public safety is critical to ensuring that the Central City runs smoothly and efficiently, whether it is in response to a disaster or in protecting the daily lives of residents.

A number of issues raised at the meeting include:

  • Communication and Coordination - A modern communications system and coordinated efforts are essential to public safety.
  • Resilience and Response - The density and layout of the Central City will need to be accounted for to ensure access, safety, and efficiency in responding to natural disasters and emergency situations.
  • Crime - actual crime rates have been in decline throughout much of the Central City, yet the perception of a safe environment is undermined by nuisance activities and personal crimes.
  • Density - Increasing density in the Central City creates potential for both enhanced safety and increased tensions between differing uses and activities.

The results from this symposium will be incorporated in the development of the draft Concept Plan for CC2035, and is one of the integrated themes under discussion about the Central City. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums (when available) can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.