February 10, 2014
Each year the Urban Land Institute Daniel Rose Center fellowship gives four cities the chance to study and discuss a land-use challenge with visiting experts. Thankfully, Portland thawed out just in time to welcome ULI visitors this week for a closer look at our challenge: the Central Eastside and the Southern Triangle where the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail line is under construction.
We kept our visitors on the go, with briefings, tours, interviews and a public panel. In turn, Portland fellows Mayor Hales, Portland Bureau of Transportation director Leah Treat, Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS) director Susan Anderson, and PDC’s Patrick Quinton will share their expertise with the three other cities. Quinton heads to Indianapolis later in February to fulfill his own duties as a Fellow.
The ULI effort will inform the SE Quadrant work BPS is leading and will help us address the district’s changing nature of employment in terms of land use, zoning code, public investment and transit to make Portland, and the CES, competitive in 2035.