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Suggested Readings for the Infrastructure Equity PEG

A.  Citywide Infrastructure

  1. Infrastructure Condition and Capacity Report, prepared by Bureau of Planning and Sustainability as a background report to the Portland Plan (2010). For transportation systems, see Chapter 3. For parks systems, see Chapter 2. For stormwater systems, see pages 50 - 51.
  2. Several maps from the Infrastructure Condition and Capacity Report are also posted in the Portland Plan Atlas.
    1. In Section 3, see “Citywide Systems and Infrastructure” and “Stormwater Management" 
    2. In Section 5, see possible future transportation systems (pedestrian, bicycle, trail, transit) and “Parks Target Acquisition Areas”
    3. In Section 6, see population and demographics maps
  3. 2011 Citywide Assets Report, prepared by City Asset Managers Group (March 2012).
  4. Bureau Director responses to City Council, on “Citywide Infrastructure and Investment Needs” (April 2012).

B.  Innovative Infrastructure Projects


  1. Street by Street Initiative: Performance-based Approach, prepared by Portland Bureau of Transportation.
  2. Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans Implementation Report (Proposed Draft, May 2012).
  3. East Portland in Motion: A Five-Year Implementation Strategy for Active Transportation, prepared by Portland Bureau of Transportation (Final Report, March 2012)
  4. North Williams Traffic Operations Safety Project, prepared by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Parks & Recreation

  1. E205 Equity Initiative, Portland Parks & Recreation. 

Environmental Services

  1. Tabor to the River, prepared by the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services.
  2. SW Texas Street, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
    The site is outside the combined sewer system. The project rebuilt an unimproved street with stormwater, pedestrian safety and livability issues.  
  3. East Lents Project, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
    Businesses and homes along this stretch of Johnson Creek have flooded regularly.  Over the years, the City and federal government built costly man-made structures to control flooding, yet property damage continued.  By working with nature, this project restores the creek’s natural floodplain and adds a natural area park.

C.  Equity ‘Basics’

  1. Bleeding Albina:  A History of Community Disinvestment, 1940 – 2000, prepared by Karen J. Gibson (in Transforming Anthropology, Volume 15, 2007).
  2. Making Equity Real: A Framework for Equity, in The Portland Plan (adopted by City Council, May 2012). See pages 17 to 23.
  3. Several equity background reports identified with Portland Plan. Portland-specific reports include those by the Coalition of Communities of Color and Making the Invisible Visible. Regional and statewide reports include the Regional Equity Atlas and the State of Black Oregon.
  4. 2011 Oregon Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity, prepared by a coalition of Oregon community groups.
  5. Regional Equity Atlas: Metropolitan Portland’s Geography of Opportunity, prepared by the Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF). The original atlas contains an Equity Action Agenda, with three parts:  healthy places, healthy people and healthy process. CLF expects to release Equity Atlas Version 2.0, at its Regional Equity Summit (October 12, 2012).
  6. Evaluating Transportation Equity: Guidance for Incorporating Distributional Impacts in Transportation Planning, prepared by Victoria Transport Policy Institute (March 2006). 
  7. Equity in Transportation for People with Disabilities, prepared by the American Association for People With Disabilities. 
  8. Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities, prepared by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. 
  9. Health and Safety Background Report (December 2010). For health equity, see Chapter 3.
  10. Vision for an Age-Friendly Portland, prepared by Orca Planning (PSU graduate planning students). 
  11. Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Strategy to Liberate Everyone, prepared by Leticia Nieto, Margot F. Boyer, Liz Goodwin, Garth R. Johnson and Laurel Collier Smith (Cuetzpalin Publishing, 2010).
  12. Public Participation in Capital Projects, prepared by the Portland City Auditor (March 2008).

D.  Innovative Equity Tools

  1. City of Portland Equity Inventory Survey, prepared by OMF Business Operations (Fall 2011).
  2. Racial Equity Strategy Guide, prepared by Portland’s Partnership for Racial Equity (August 2012).
  3. Racial Equity Toolkit for Policies, Programs and Budget, prepared by City of Seattle’s Race & Social Justice Initiative (March 2010).
  4. King County Equity Toolkits, King County, Washington.
  5. Racial Educational Equity Policy, prepared by Portland Public Schools (Spring 2011).
  6. Promoting Equitable Infrastructure Investments, prepared by the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place.  See equity principles and reports on transportation and parks & open space.
  7. An Environmental Justice Assessment: Combined Sewer Overflows in Indianapolis, prepared by Marie Buckingham (a master’s thesis at the University of Indiana).