Planning A Healthy City

Progress and challenges in Portland, Oregon

Authored by: Carl Abbott , Moriah McSharry McGrath

The Routledge Handbook Of Planning For Health And Well-Being

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023307
eBook ISBN: 9781315728261
Adobe ISBN: 9781317542407


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Portland is a mid-sized metropolitan region with an outsized reputation for good urban planning. The starting points were city-level initiatives in the early 1970s that defined a symbiotic relationship between urban core and older neighbourhoods (Abbott 1983); a coeval set of decisions to prioritise public transportation and rail transit over freeways; and creation of the statewide Oregon land use planning system in 1973–1974 (Abbott 1983; Adler 2012). In the ensuing decades, Portland has maintained a professional reputation for ‘smart growth’ and a popular name as an epicenter of hipness.

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