Design

South Waterfront: What Went Wrong?

Despite a billion dollar investment, Portland’s newest neighborhood has not met expectations. People are quietly asking, “What went wrong in the Central District?” Conceived as a lively 24/7 mixed-use community within the South Waterfront, and blessed with urban renewal money and an ideal central city location, the neighborhood is notable […]

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Why Do We Build Cities?

Have sociologists, economists, and historians fully explained why we invest so much time and treasure in this enterprise? The city rationally solves organizational problems in commerce, communication, and defense, but is there more to it? Other Sources: Lewis Mumford – “The City in History” Gwendolyn Leick – “Mesopotamia: The Invention of […]

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Down Under

Down Under

See what cities are doing to reclaim those scary places under bridges and freeways. Portland and other cities are turning leftover land into places for people. Other Sources: Nate Berg – “9 Cool Projects Under Freeway Overpasses” – The Atlantic Cities

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