As the academic year closes and summer begins, we suggest you read the Summer 2014 issue of Metroscape® while enjoying all our region has to offer, and consider how we might improve our region and our connections to each other in the year ahead.
This issue’s Landscape takes us back in history to describe how Portland’s west side waterfront became the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and an important symbol of Portland’s rejection of the predominant, car dominated trajectory of most cities at the time. Forty years later, despite many plans for improving the space and its connections to the community, it remains essentially as it was in the 1970s. Jeremy Young discusses ideas from a 6-month project completed by a team of students in PSU’s Masters in Urban and Regional Planning program.
Public engagement specialist Tony Andersen, examines the state of the relationship between the government and the public and finds the relationship wanting. In his piece “Rekindling the Public Romance,” he examines new tools for public participation and channels for improving communication—always the first step on the path of reconciliation.
Our Interview with Dr. Jeremy Brown, President of Portland Community College, provides insights into PCC’s role in our community and in fulfilling our aspirations for a highly educated, engaged citizenry. The Indicators page shows us how community colleges like PCC fill important needs in the post-secondary education system.
Our Atlas provides Part 2 of our discussion of the connections among different parts of the region by exploring how our economy—in particular, employment in our region’s key economic clusters—creates important economic connections among the cities and counties in the region.
Finally, how might we approach the issues that arise from homelessness with compassion and inclusion? Authors Andrée Tremoulet, Ellen Bassett, and Allison Moe tell a story about balancing public concerns about encountering the homeless in highway rest areas with the need to connect them with resources to address the complex social, political, and economic circumstances underlying their lack of housing.
We’re happy to report that our reinstatement of the print edition of Metroscape® was met with overwhelming approval by our readers—long-time subscribers as well as newcomers. If you’re reading this as a result of a hand-off from a subscriber and you like it, contact us to receive your own copy! Its easy to sign up at http://www.pdx.edu/ims/. We also love your feedback, so keep it coming!
Director, Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies