It looks like I’ve had a lot of Portland on my mind. Here’s an interesting documentary film that is actually the third in a series from the Lincoln Institute of Land Planning. It was recently released on PBS stations across the States. Unfortunately, I’m without cable/satellite, so I don’t get PBS anymore.
Here’s a summary of the documentary from the article.
Following the passage of Oregon’s landmark land use planning system in 1973, Portland established an urban growth boundary containing development within a 22-square-mile area, protecting surrounding farmland and open space; a regional governance system spanning 24 municipalities and three counties; and an ambitious system of light rail and streetcars to service more dense, compact, mixed-use urban form. Then, in 2004, after a state-wide campaign that raised questions about property rights and the fairness of the entire regulatory framework, voters passed Measure 37, which allowed development outside the urban growth boundary. A competing initiative, Measure 49, was then put on the ballot in 2008 to reverse those changes.
The first two documentaries are about two other American cities. One is Phoenix: The Urban Desert and the other is Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City. Synopsese and further info (including purchase info for the first two films) about all three documentaries can be found at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s Making Sense of Place page.