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Portland, Oregon's Urban Growth Boundary: Smart growth or a stranglehold on the city?

from By Lucy Wallwork

When it is not being sent up for its bike karaoke and ironic mustaches, Portland, Oregon, is being held up as the city that threw out the rule book for conventional city growth patterns in the U.S. It is distinctly more walkable, bike-able and compact than other cities in the country and has become the poster child of "smart growth" in the U.S. Some of that is down to a not particularly glamorous land use policy introduced in the 1970s that essentially drew a circle around the city to stop sprawl in its tracks, and to reflect development back toward the downtown area. more


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