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The Portland Edge: Challenges And Successes In Growing Communities Paperback – October 5, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1559636957 ISBN-10: 1559636955 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 4th edition (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559636955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559636957
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With numerous photos, tables and figures, The Portland Edge is a text for urban livability."
(The Oregonian)


"Whether Portland is a model for Smart Growth and sustainability or is failing to address challenges of urban sprawl and affordable housing is one of the debates at the heart of this book, which examines how Portland's urban system and planning approaches actually work—an exploration applicable to other U.S. metropolitan areas."
(Landscape Architecture Magazine)
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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CONNIE P. OZAWA is professor in the department of urban studies and planning at Portland State University.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Yan on November 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a professor of City and Regional Planning and I found this book a much-needed addition to the urban-planning literature. The book is written at a level appropriate for a wide range of audiences including planning students, policy makers, politicians, urban planners, and community activists. The comprehensiveness of the work provides a much-needed explanation for students yearning for a broader understanding of how an ensemble of urban elements can help American cities accommodate growth while sustaining a sense of community for their dwellers.

What is unique about Portland's current land-use system? If planning is so popular, how does one explain the recent backlash? Where would be the balance between regulatory rules and other possibilities? These are examples of questions asked by The Portland Edge (edited by Connie Ozawa), written by a team of academics at Portland State University's School of Urban Studies and Planning. The thirteen chapters of the edited book are organized in four sections. The first section presents the demographic, economic, and civic character of the Portland region by presenting data on key dimensions of economy, equity, and environment. The second section traces Portland's growth-management policies and details the institutional structures by describing a range of the roles of regional and city bodies, such as Metro (the elected regional planning authority), the Portland Development Commission, citizen-involvement mechanisms, and neighborhood associations. The third section unveils Portland's social structures that allow people to create collective visions of community and offers examples of how the underrepresented groups and the citizen advocates work to voice themselves.
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By Hugh H. Schwartz on February 7, 2013
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The Portland Edge provides a very useful overview of developments in the Portland area, combining the responses of those with different sets of concerns. It helped me a good deal in understanding what has gone on there over in recent years, and in preparing my current piece on Incoporating Economics Into Urban Planning.

Hugh Schwartz, author of a book on Curitiba, Brazil
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