Over the past few weeks, I’ve observed the profound impact national leadership and policies are having on many of our community members, businesses and partners.
Many recent national policy, administrative and executive decisions have been in direct conflict with BPS commitments to promote equity and inclusion, climate action, and healthy, resilient neighborhoods throughout Portland.
At BPS, we are now reminded on a daily basis that efforts at the local level are more important than ever, if we are to successfully promote urban prosperity, health and environmental quality.
We recognize that we can only achieve those results if social justice is also at the forefront. Our policies, programs and services will always welcome and serve all people, and recognize that many people are faced with discrimination and targeting because of their gender, faith, race, national origin or immigration status.
If we want to succeed as a community, we know that advancing racial equity and inclusion will enhance all of our efforts, as we can’t truly succeed if we leave portions of our community behind.
In response, we are learning new ways to do our work. We commit to building new partnerships, and collaborating with a broader spectrum of Portland residents and businesses.
For decades, we have been known nationally and even internationally for our work on land use, climate change, urban design and environmental protection. Our efforts to understand and serve the needs of a diverse community will ultimately enhance the quality of our city creating more opportunities for better health, housing, jobs, recreation and quality of life for everyone.
I look forward to working in collaboration with you.
Director, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability