Buried in a Planning and Sustainability Commission meeting from September 2019 is this excellent presentation from BDS planning assistant Jena Hughes on the “Historical Context of Racist Planning in Portland”. (Hughes’ presentation begins around the 48:57 mark.) It’s a great primer on how we’ve historically used city planning mechanisms like zoning to continually prevent communities […]
From earlier this year, Vox producer Ranjani Chakraborty shares the story of Seneca Village, the Black neighborhood that was razed to provide land for the construction of New York’s Central Park.
Earlier this week, Portland City Council passed historic housing reform known as the Residential Infill Project, which re-legalizes middle housing like triplexes and fourplexes and incentivizes building more dense and affordable housing throughout the city. The ordinance also makes the construction of driveways optional and removes on-site parking requirements, essentially removing mandated parking minimums city-wide. […]
A map of cycling infrastructure in western Europe reveals just how far ahead the Netherlands is from the rest of the world.