Greetings from the Editor, Summer 2010


As I noted in the winter edition of Metroscape®, this is the last printed version of the magazine you will see. Our next issue and succeeding ones will be online. As Ben Lundin’s interview with Peter Bhatia, Executive Editor of The Oregonian, which begins on p. 20 makes clear, these are parlous times for those who put information on paper and then peddle it to the public. Even a free public service journal like Metroscape® has to try to stay ahead of the curve of public attention in presenting its wares to information seekers. And so it is with a sense of regret on one hand, and a mounting feeling of excitement on the other, that we look to the electronic Metroscape® coming out in December.

In this new format, we promise the same compelling and informative articles about our region that you’ve always anticipated when you received the magazine in the mail—and counted on to really understand what’s going on. We’ll still have page-turning articles, although the turning will be by mouse rather than hand. We’ll still have vivid maps and graphics. In short, it’ll be the same magazine you’ve read, just from the ether, rather than the postal service.

How will you know when the new issue is out? We’ll notify you in advance. We have many of our readers’ email addresses, but not all, and so we’re hoping that if we don’t have yours, you’ll send it in. Or, if you have a new email address, we’re anxious for you to update us. With your correct address, we’ll notify you when new issues are posted, so you can get the new edition in a timely fashion. Here’s how to let us know:

Simply go to and fill in the correct information.

“Make no small plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood,” said Daniel Burnham, the late nineteenth century American architect and planner. Metroscape® has been a nineteen-year adventure in big plans. You may have noticed, we’ve morphed from a big-print, big-pictures book into a more text- and information-driven product. We’ve gone from a gray-scale publication to four-color, and we’ve tried a number of new twists—like our 3-D atlas of a few years ago. So despite the fact that each new idea engendered serious, sometimes agonizing, debate, change is not new to us and each step away from our previous identity has been, we think, of a forward nature. This one is no different. It’ll just take some help from you to make it work.

Craig Wollner
Editor in Chief