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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.

Planning Creatively for the next 25 Years

The second symposium on Civic and Cultural Life covers four topics to move forward.

On April 28th at the second symposium on Civic and Cultural Life participants explored some key topics and discussed ways in which CC2035 could enable a vibrant artistic and cultural scene within the Central City over the next 25 years. The conversation was centered on four topics, including:

  • Access and Public Places
  • Identity, Diversity and Place
  • Economic Development
  • Affordability and Art Space

Panelists agreed that all of Portland stands to benefit from the vibrancy and increased cultural activity of the Central City. For a complete picture of what was discussed, check out the meeting minutes.

Moving forward, CC2035 will develop potential policies addressing the issues discussed by symposium participants. The policies will be incorporated into the development of the draft Concept Plan for CC2035. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums (when available) can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.

For any questions or comments contact Elisa Hamblin at 503-823-9714 or by email at

The Once and Future Central City

The first symposium on Historic Resources in the Central City covers diverse topics.

Among the unique qualities of a city is its mix of old and new and ever-changing urban form. Part of the challenge is seeking a balance in deciding what is preserved and what isn't and finding ways to accommodate growth and change while preserving what is best about the historic urban fabric. On May 20, as part of the ongoing Central City 2035 (CC2035) Symposium Series, CC2035 will hold a symposium on historic resources. The focus of this discussion will be on identifying the most important historic resource issues facing the Central City and how they might be addressed in the CC2035 plan.

There is a history behind every place in Portland; it speaks to who we are as a city and where we would like to go. CC2035 is an exciting opportunity to determine what the Central City will become in the future while also recognizing its unique history. From the alleys of Old-Town to the mid-rises of the Pearl, the history of Russell Street in the NE and the mix of entrepreneurship and industry in the Central Eastside, the Central City has a rich cultural history to acknowledge as it evolves and takes on new residents, buildings, places and forms.

This Historic Resources Symposium on May 20 will feature representatives from public and private interests, and provides a chance for the public to learn and provide feedback regarding this issue.

For more information, please review the meeting packet and background report or contact Nicholas Starin at 503-823-5837 or by e-mail at

This topic is one of many integrated themes under discussion about the Central City. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.

The CC2035 team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.