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Periodic Atlas Of The Metroscape: The Geography Of Health, Joshua Ollinger, Ashley Donald, Randy Morris Jul 2018

Periodic Atlas Of The Metroscape: The Geography Of Health, Joshua Ollinger, Ashley Donald, Randy Morris

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Our ability to lead a fulfilling life and pursue our goals is largely shaped by our health. Although we experience these conditions such as illness and disabilities at a very personal level, factors outside of our control are often what determines our health. Known as the Social Determinants of Health, where we are born, work, live, and spend our lives is considered equally if not more important to our health status than medical care and personal health behaviors. As a result, certain communities and populations disproportionately experience burdens. Identifying and increasing awareness of health disparities is an essential step toward ...


Finding The Middle: Overcoming Challenges To Building Missing Middle Housing, Ryan Winterberg-Lipp Jul 2018

Finding The Middle: Overcoming Challenges To Building Missing Middle Housing, Ryan Winterberg-Lipp

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In the Portland metro area and across the state, the demographics of cities are changing. Urban populations and housing prices are rising, while household sizes are declining with an aging baby boomer generation and younger households both delaying marriage and children and having fewer children. With these changing dynamics, many Portland metro communities are looking to missing middle housing types to “provide for the housing needs of citizens of the state” as called for in the Oregon Statewide Planning Goals and Guidelines. With increasing interest in missing middle housing as a way to provide more housing choices for area households ...


Growing Wisely In Vancouver, Washington: An Interview With Mayor Anne Mcenerny-Ogle, Elizabeth Morehead Jul 2018

Growing Wisely In Vancouver, Washington: An Interview With Mayor Anne Mcenerny-Ogle, Elizabeth Morehead

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In November 2017, Anne McEnerny-Ogle was elected to a four-year term as Mayor of Vancouver, Washington. Anne served on City Council from January 2014 through December 2017. She was also Vancouver's Mayor Pro Tem from January 2016 through December 2017. Anne earned a bachelor's degree in education from Southern Oregon State College and a master's degree in education from Lewis and Clark College. Anne retired after teaching thirty years in Lake Oswego Public Schools and serving as the chair of the mathematics department. During this time, she was a consultant to numerous school districts in Washington and ...


Indicators Of The Metroscape: Urban Coyotes, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies Jul 2018

Indicators Of The Metroscape: Urban Coyotes, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies

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A brief look at increasing presence of coyotes in the Portland Metropolitan Region, with an overview of the Urban Coyote Project.


Whither Skamania?, Eavan Moore Jul 2018

Whither Skamania?, Eavan Moore

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An in-depth look at Skamania County, Washington, examining its financial challenges, obstacles faced by employers, the impact of declining timber revenues, long-term impacts of the 2017 forest fires, and a look at future growth and possible local government strategies.


The Landscape: Happy Valley, Eavan Moore Jul 2018

The Landscape: Happy Valley, Eavan Moore

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This article examines Happy Valley, Oregon, with special emphasis on how to manage growth amid continued development.


The Balancing Act: A Look At Dynamic School District Boundaries, Sheila Martin, Madison Levy Jan 2018

The Balancing Act: A Look At Dynamic School District Boundaries, Sheila Martin, Madison Levy

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How do school districts throughout the Portland region respond to changes in student populations that cause overcrowding or under enrollment? In this article, we explore some of the key trends in school enrollment, describe the challenges faced by some of the districts in the region, and describe how different districts address those challenges.


The Landscape: Cully Neighborhood, Eavan Moore Jan 2018

The Landscape: Cully Neighborhood, Eavan Moore

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This installment of The Landscape focuses on Portland's Cully neighborhood, briefly reviewing its history, demographic trends, and current planning efforts.


Growing Deeper Roots: Toward Resilient Urban Forests, Sachi Arakawa Jan 2018

Growing Deeper Roots: Toward Resilient Urban Forests, Sachi Arakawa

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This article examines the urban forest in Portland, Oregon, as part of a complex system that requires management, education and outreach to remain healthy and sustainable. It also reviews the economic and ecological benefits of a health urban forest.


The Geography Of The Commute, Steven Howland, Randy Morris Jul 2017

The Geography Of The Commute, Steven Howland, Randy Morris

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It is a common misperception that low-income populations are transit-dependent or typically do without a car because it is too expensive. While much larger proportions of low-income populations use a mode of transportation other than a personal automobile to commute to work, a majority of them still use a personal automobile. In this edition of the Periodic Atlas, we looked at commuting as it relates to people of color and low-wage workers using the most recent reliable Census data as well as data from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LEHD-LODES).


Spanning The Region: A Survey Of Bridges In The Metroscape, Andrés Oswill Jul 2017

Spanning The Region: A Survey Of Bridges In The Metroscape, Andrés Oswill

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Bridges get us where we need to go. They also have character that contributes to a sense of place. Here we profile a selection of bridges in the Portland Metro area to understand the history and logistics of each bridge. When was the bridge built, how was it funded, who maintains it? The bridges we selected reflect the area’s wide variations in bridge style and management. Some of the bridges are county owned; others are run by a state or city transportation department. The bridges range in age, but all are inspected every twenty-four months. A bridge’s story ...


Source Of Down Payment, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies Jul 2017

Source Of Down Payment, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies

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A statistical snapshot of the percentage of owner-occupied housing stock, by major source of down payment, in 2015.


A New Vision For Timber City Usa, Kerry Politzer Jul 2017

A New Vision For Timber City Usa, Kerry Politzer

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A look at the city of Willamina, Oregon, as it attempts to transition from a timber-reliant town to a sustainable future. Provides a brief history of the community and its economic struggles, and its attempts to foster economic development though tourism, arts and winemaking.


Scappoose, Liza Morehead Jul 2017

Scappoose, Liza Morehead

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A brief snapshot of Scappoose, Oregon, discussing its history, growth and development, and a look to its future.


Cultivating The Technology Ecosystem: An Interview With Skip Newbury, Sheila Martin Jul 2017

Cultivating The Technology Ecosystem: An Interview With Skip Newbury, Sheila Martin

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An interview with Skip Newbury, President and CEO of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO). He is a frequent speaker on technology trends and topics, economic development, public-private partnerships and civic innovation. Before joining the TAO, Skip served as an economic development policy advisor to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, where he helped create Portland’s first comprehensive economic development strategy in 16 years, recognizing software as a key industry cluster.


The Landscape: Tualatin, Liza Morehead Jan 2017

The Landscape: Tualatin, Liza Morehead

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This edition of The Landscape takes a brief look at the city of Tualatin, Oregon, located twelve miles south of Portland, and examines its population, growth, and demographics, as well as defining features and points of interest.


Periodic Atlas Of The Metroscape: The Geography Of Future Housing, Randy Morris, Sheila Martin Jan 2017

Periodic Atlas Of The Metroscape: The Geography Of Future Housing, Randy Morris, Sheila Martin

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In this edition of the Periodic Atlas, we provide a glimpse of housing construction that has been permitted over the past few years, with a focus on multifamily housing. Focusing on recently-permitted units provides a perspective on how the newest housing is and will be different from existing housing. The type of housing that will be built, where it is built, its characteristics, and its price will shape the Portland region in the years to come.


Election 2016: Voter Turnout And Results Across Oregon, Kevin Curry Jan 2017

Election 2016: Voter Turnout And Results Across Oregon, Kevin Curry

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Metroscape went inside the numbers from the 2016 general election. We examined Oregon’s new "motor voter" law to see if it affected turnout and to better understand the new voters added to the rolls in the ‘Beaver State.’ We looked at voter turnout and election results in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Clark and Skamania counties in Washington to answer several questions about the 2016 General Election.


Cross-Laminated Timber: An Innovative Building Material Takes Hold In Oregon, Andrew Crampton Jan 2017

Cross-Laminated Timber: An Innovative Building Material Takes Hold In Oregon, Andrew Crampton

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In a rapidly urbanizing world fueled by the enormous demand to house and shelter billions of people in the upcoming decades, building materials must be utilized that have a lighter climate impact than today’s commonly used energy-intensive building materials.

Is there an alternative to the energy-intensive concrete jungle that is both sustainable and financially viable? How can our built environment enhance, rather than destroy, the natural environment? Part of the solution lies in a recent innovation that uses one of the world’s oldest building materials, wood, with a modern twist: cross-laminated timber, often abbreviated as CLT. These wood-based ...


Women In The Trades: An Interview With Connie Ashbrook And Nora Mullane, Liza Morehead Jan 2017

Women In The Trades: An Interview With Connie Ashbrook And Nora Mullane, Liza Morehead

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Liza Morehead interviews Connie Ashbrook and Nora Mullane.

Connie Ashbrook is the Executive Director and founder of Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., Previous to her years with OTI, she worked in the trades for seventeen years as a dump truck driver, carpenter apprentice, and elevator constructor. She was the first woman in Oregon to become licensed as an elevator mechanic.

Nora Mullane has been a union journey-person carpenter, general contractor, building inspector, and City of Portland Bureau of Developments Services supervisor. Nora says that successfully completing her carpenter’s apprenticeship program has served her well throughout her entire career, and life in ...


Indicators Of The Metroscape: Average Wage Per Job, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies Jan 2017

Indicators Of The Metroscape: Average Wage Per Job, Institute Of Portland Metropolitan Studies

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A chart offering Portland MSA average wage as a percentage of the US metro average wage, 2001-2015.


The Landscape: Tiny And Very Small Houses, Andrés Oswill Jul 2016

The Landscape: Tiny And Very Small Houses, Andrés Oswill

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The article describes one of many approaches to creating more affordable housing choices -- tiny and very small houses. The author explains how the current trend returns to an affordable housing approach used much earlier in Portland's history.


Is Housing Making People Sick?: An Overview Of Seven Studies That Raise Questions To Consider As We Incorporate Health Into Planning And Build New Housing To Address Shortages And Energy Efficiency, Merilee D. Karr Jul 2016

Is Housing Making People Sick?: An Overview Of Seven Studies That Raise Questions To Consider As We Incorporate Health Into Planning And Build New Housing To Address Shortages And Energy Efficiency, Merilee D. Karr

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The article discusses the unintended consequences of some of the strategies for housing energy efficiency: they can lead to indoor air pollution that is making people sick. As we pursue ways to reduce the cost of housing, we must pursue innovation in building materials and techniques that might reduce the negative health consequences of sealing our homes from the elements.


From The Frontlines Of The Housing Crisis: Two Vulnerable Tenants Discuss Their Experiences In Portland's Increasingly Brutal Housing Market, Thomas Kerr Jul 2016

From The Frontlines Of The Housing Crisis: Two Vulnerable Tenants Discuss Their Experiences In Portland's Increasingly Brutal Housing Market, Thomas Kerr

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Homelessness is the most visible face of Portland's affordable housing crisis, but the numbers of street sleepers and tent campers are nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands of beleaguered tenants. They may be hidden away in their separate apartments, but they are suffering the effects of crisis all the same. Forty percent of the 900,000 households in the Portland Metro area are tenants, and half are paying more than 30 percent of their income on rent. A quarter pay more than 50 percent, and the percentages go higher as the households get poorer. Besides forcing them to ...


Living On The Edge: The Forgotten Tribulations Of Affordable Housing In The Suburbs, Linn Davis Jul 2016

Living On The Edge: The Forgotten Tribulations Of Affordable Housing In The Suburbs, Linn Davis

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The article describes how the housing crisis is playing out in the region's suburbs.


Periodic Atlas Of The Of The Metroscape: The Geography Of Publicly Subsidized Affordable Housing, Meg Merrick Jul 2016

Periodic Atlas Of The Of The Metroscape: The Geography Of Publicly Subsidized Affordable Housing, Meg Merrick

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Meg Merrick maps publicly subsidized affordable housing units across the region, discusses their geography, and describes their location in relation to two important amenities: schools and libraries.


Indicators Of The Metroscape: The Young, The Old, And The Single, Elizabeth Morehead Jul 2016

Indicators Of The Metroscape: The Young, The Old, And The Single, Elizabeth Morehead

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Elizabeth Morehead focuses on the changing demographic of households in the Portland metropolitan region


Indicators Of The Metroscape: Housing Cost Burden, Elizabeth Morehead Jan 2016

Indicators Of The Metroscape: Housing Cost Burden, Elizabeth Morehead

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Elizabeth Morehead focuses on the percentage of households spending 30 percent or more of their income on housing.


Periodic Atlas Of The Of The Metroscape: Warming Up The City - Mapping The Hottest (Literally) Neighborhoods Of Portland, Vivek Shandas, Jackson Voelkel Jan 2016

Periodic Atlas Of The Of The Metroscape: Warming Up The City - Mapping The Hottest (Literally) Neighborhoods Of Portland, Vivek Shandas, Jackson Voelkel

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Vivek Shandas and Jackson Voelkel show us how urban head varies by characteristics of a neighborhood's built and natural environment. The Atlas reminds us to be aware of the potential impact on those most likely to suffer ill effects from the heat.


6 Reasons To Relax About Portland's Recent Sell-Offs, Thomas Kerr Jan 2016

6 Reasons To Relax About Portland's Recent Sell-Offs, Thomas Kerr

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Are you feeling nostalgic for Oregon-born companies like Dave's Killer Bread, Little Big Burger, and Precision Castparts? Thomas Kerr asserts that we need not fear the recent rash of acquisitions. New owners often bring fresh ideas and capital to the table while maintaining the characteristics we've come to love about our locally owned companies.