Nearly 35 percent of all multi-dwelling zoning, or nearly 3,000 acres, is located in East Portland. The Better Housing by Design project is a citywide review, but it focuses on two areas in East Portland ― Jade District and Rosewood. These neighborhoods have high concentrations of multi-dwelling zoning with very long blocks and limited street or pedestrian connectivity.
This area is also home to a large percentage of Portland’s youth, communities of color, immigrant and low-income populations. The project will work on improving multi-dwelling zone regulations to support the development of neighborhoods that increase livability, safety and access to opportunity for the East Portland community. Through its collaboration with the PBOT’s Connected Centers Street Plan, BHD will develop new approaches to achieving street and pedestrian connections in East Portland, where the lack of street connectivity prevents safe and convenient connections to local destinations and transit for the area’s population.