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Portland’s best model for population growth without catastrophe is right in front of us

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 15th, 2016 at 3:52 pm

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2018 NW Everett Street, built 1910.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Part of NW Portland Week.

Portland’s “huge population boom” and “explosive growth” have driven such a painful housing shortage that it’s not uncommon these days to hear Portlanders wish the city would stop creating so many jobs.

Since 2008, the city’s population growth rate has been about 9,000 net new residents per year, or 1.5 percent.

But when many of the buildings that continue to define northwest Portland were built, Portland’s population was growing by 7 percent every year for years on end. In the decade of the 1900s, the city that started at 90,000 residents added 11,679 new ones every year on average.


Liberty resigns from Metro Council: Stacey will apply for vacancy

by on January 3rd, 2011 at 12:34 pm

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Liberty at a Bike to Work
Day event in the Lloyd District
in May 2009.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Big news at Metro this morning with the announcement that councilor Robert Liberty has resigned.

According to Metro, he is out effective January 15th to become the executive director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Liberty has served District 6 since 2004 and was the council’s most outspoken critic of the Columbia River Crossing project.

Metro Councilor Robert Liberty announces panel to discuss CRC alternatives

by on August 16th, 2010 at 10:29 am

Robert Liberty wants to talk about
alternatives to the current
CRC design.
(Photo © J.M Maus)

Metro Councilor Robert Liberty, the man who likened the new I-5 bridge proposed by the Columbia River Crossing Project to a “monster project” that we should leave behind in favor of “smarter, cheapter, greener solutions,” is putting action behind those words.

On Friday Liberty announced that he would convene a panel discussion to come up with alternative solutions to the current CRC proposal. The statement from Liberty’s office about the event said:

“The Columbia River Crossing project in its current form is facing very serious financial and political challenges.

Metro Councilor Robert Liberty believes it is important to begin a community discussion of some alternatives to the current proposal, in the event it is infeasible. (more…)

Metro’s Robert Liberty on the CRC: “Time to leave the monster behind”

by on April 23rd, 2010 at 2:45 pm

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Robert Liberty wants to show the
DOTs that they aren’t the only ones
with ideas on how to fix the
I-5 bridge over the Columbia.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Metro Councilor Robert Liberty has just taken his opposition to the Columbia River Crossing project up a notch.

In a statement released today, Liberty urges people to send in their bridge design proposals. He writes that it’s “Time to leave the monster project behind and find some smarter, cheaper, greener solutions.” Liberty calls a recent project review panel appointed by DOTs from Washington and Oregon as nothing more than an “embarrassing… exercise in rubber-stamping” and a “waste of public funds on opinion management.”

Liberty says he wants to collect design proposals for the bridge that haven’t been given a fair look by the state DOTs: (more…)