Not since the crazed building boom that followed the 1905 Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition has Portland grown so quickly as during the last decade. Construction cranes have reshaped neighborhoods. Cars, bikes, buses, and scooters clog the streets.
Wealthier people have moved in while poorer people have been pushed further out, sometimes to the street. And Portlanders new and old want some simple questions answered: What’s the city’s plan? Who’s benefiting? Why are so many losing? What kind of Portland are we making? We invited 38 city leaders, activists, and architects to offer their visions for Portland’s future.
In this installment, we explored the future of green space.
Portland Parks & Recreation director Mike Abbate on the city’s parks, past, present and future.
Architect Steve Dangermond on the proposed Forest Park Interpretive Center.
Alan Hipolito, director of Verde, on the grassroots environmental justice movement to green the Cully neighborhood.
Jonathan Blasher, director of Metro’s parks and nature department on diversifying the region’s nature parks.
Kathleen Guillozet of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation on rethinking houselessness and green spaces.
Dawn Uchiyama, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, on rethinking rainwater.
Willie Levinson, founder of the Human Access Project, on making the Willamette River a happy place to swim.
Michele Delk, partner at Snohetta, on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.