Before getting into the weeds, let’s start with some background.
As we wrote in June, there are basically three ways Portland can grow as new people move to the city and start looking for housing.
It can grow up (by allowing taller buildings), it can grow in (by fitting more homes onto the same footprint), or it can grow out (by expanding the urban growth boundary and allowing development further east and west).
Portland City Council agreed four years ago to raise the height caps for new developments built downtown, so that part of Portland will grow up.
Meanwhile, the Council is expected to vote later this year on the Residential Infill Project, a plan that would allow duplexes, triplexes, and other multifamily developments to be built in neighborhoods where they’re currently banned. So Portland is likely to start filling in, too.
But will our city and region also grow out? Supporters of expanding the urban growth boundary argue that doing so would allow more housing units to be built, setting off a chain reaction: more housing means lower prices, lower prices means less displacement, less displacement means less homelessness and gentrification.
And that leads us back to the question: Why aren’t city officials doing more to let the city grow outward? And should they?
Read our full take here, plus our extended housing policy Q&A with Bureau of Planning and Sustainability wonks Tom Armstrong and Love Jonson.
What do you think about infill? Hit reply to let us know your rants, raves, questions, or concerns. We’ll pass them on.
They’re baaack. Well, almost. E-scooters will return to Portland this spring for a second pilot program — this one set to last a year. The start date is still TBA, but PBOT says the longer trial period will help city officials collect more data and “test innovative solutions” to issues like sidewalk riding and improper parking. (Willamette Week)
A model for the rest of the country? The national media was quick to jump on the scooters’ return and the findings from PBOT’s report. The NYT held up Portland as an example of what can happen when a city takes a proactive approach to new transportation technology, rather than waiting for an unwelcome invasion. (New York Times)
Like violin music on the Titanic. Nevermind that food stamps, housing assistance, and other federal aid programs could grind to a halt if the government shutdown doesn’t end soon. Furloughed federal employees can now get free movie rentals to go with their free admission to the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Children’s Museum, and the Portland Japanese Gardens. So there’s that. (Portland Mercury)
Tops for tiki. Hale Pele, the tiny but beloved tiki joint on Northeast Broadway, is the top tiki bar in America, according to Nightclub & Bar Media Group. What makes it so great? It’s not just the atmosphere’s “transporting experience,” the O’s Lizzy Acker writes. The drinks actually taste good, too. (OregonLive)
🤔 Wednesday, Jan. 23: Join a Think & Drink conversation with three Pulitzer Prize-finalist reporters (NE | Alberta)
🏙️ Saturday, Jan. 26: Kick off the Portland 2.0 Project and help rethink how our city and region should grow and evolve (Downtown)
📖 Get inspired to live with less (NW | Pearl)
👣 Help Mother’s Bistro make its move (Downtown)
🇪🇬 Hear about the queens of Egypt (SE | Central Eastside)
🎿 Learn how to backcountry ski or splitboard (NW | Alphabet)
🎶 See Juice at Doug Fir (SE | Central Eastside)
🍲 Learn how to make vegan casseroles (NW | Alphabet)
🎉 Celebrate the Japanese New Year (NW | Slabtown)
🎮 Compete in a Mario Kart tourney (Downtown)
🌟 Rollerskate with a glow (SE | Sellwood)
🛍️ Shop local in St. Johns (N | St. Johns)
🕊️ Hear Bryan Stevenson talk peace and justice (NW | Alphabet)
📽️ Watch movies about music – through Feb. 16 (Downtown)
🍏 Drink cider at McMenamins (Hillsboro)
🎽 Kick off the Brewery Running Series (Downtown)
🐂 Catch a bull riding competition (NE | Rose Quarter)
🎶 See a Neil Diamond cover band (Downtown)
🙋 Play Parks & Rec trivia (E | Glenfair)
💪 March for social justice (NE | Piedmont) 🆕
🐧 Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day (SW | Washington Park) 🆕
🌑 Watch a lunar eclipse if it’s not too cloudy (SE | Central Eastside) 🆕
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #bridgeliner on Instagram to be featured.
We’ll see you tomorrow. ✌️