More about Portland planning

I’ve recently written a couple of posts about land use laws, sprawl and other issues concerning planned land use laws and regulations. has a number of webpages dealing with the history of planning in Portland, Oregon.

There are comments and reminiscences from many of the power players that played a part in the history of planning. There are photos of an earlier Portland at the website.

The following is a excerpt from just one webpage.

On January 17, 1970 the Portland City Planning Commission voted to deny a permit to build a 12 story parking structure where Pioneer Courthouse Square now sits. Just over 10 years later, on October 16, 1980, the City Council adopted the Portland Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Between those two dates, the plans and specifications for the Portland we know today were crafted. It was easily the greatest outpouring of planning in the history of this city.

This web site is about those times–about the people who hoped, dreamed and worked at setting a direction for this city. It includes the reminiscences of Mayors, Commissioners, planners, engineers, architects and (most of all) citizens. It draws from them not just what happened, but who contributed and why.

Whether you agree with or disagree with the results of Portland Planning, you have to admit it’s an interesting history.

Apparently, some of the aspects of Portland’s early planning were unprecedented and many other cities utilized many of the innovations Portland Planning came up with.

Then again, it could just be mindless, superfluous government propaganda.

3 Comments so far

  1. Stumptown Confidential (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2005 @ 4:36 pm

    I *think* the website was run by the late Ernie Bonner, one of PDX’s 70s planners. I’m not sure if the site will stay live. From a historical standpoint, I hope it does.

  2. The One True b!X (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2005 @ 4:59 pm

    As I understand it, the site is expected to remain.

  3. John Hays (unregistered) on June 6th, 2005 @ 12:45 pm

    I believe the domain name is up for renewal in July. I hope somebody keeps that website alive.

    It would be a shame if this historical resource was allowed to expire.

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