Growth is happening. The Southwest Corridor will experience some of the Portland Metro region’s highest growth over the next 25 years. 75,000 new residents are estimated to live in the SW Corridor by 2035 – in Portland, Tigard and Tualatin. The area is expected to receive a multibillion-dollar transit investment, which will attract additional private and public investments, more jobs and businesses, improved community services, and housing choices.
Displacement risk threatens existing diversity. Increasing numbers of communities of color is creating a more racially integrated and diverse population in the SW Corridor. These communities now make up 21 percent of the population in the area. And they increased 2.5 percent per year between 2000 and 2015, three times faster than the increase in the White population. As this corridor grows, more people are having difficulty finding housing, and people of color, immigrants and renters have been disproportionately displaced from their homes. We want to get ahead of speculation and market pressures to help ensure there are still housing choices available when the light rail comes.