Only in Portland is a saying well known, both in and outside of Portland. Therefore, perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that the Portland Chamber of Commerce – a business group – was more pro-alternative transit than businesses in other cities. However, they were not completely on-board, with the plans to give some car space over to pedestrians, bikes, and transit. Nevertheless, the Chamber even proposed vacating the transit mall of cars – 2 streets. For deets, read the article in the Oregonian.
Portland State President Rahmat Shoureshi announced Monday morning that he would dedicate million to a new Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative and a Digital City Testbed Center, which will focus on how technology can be used to make urban regions more efficient, greener and healthier.
Urban sustainability efforts have historically failed to advance all three E’s of sustainability: environmental action, economic development, and equity. However, a movement is underway to put equity—the oft-ignored E—at the forefront.