By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010
The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability last month kicked off the latest phase of the Portland Plan process last month, to generally smaller audience than the previous phase. A session at Beaumont Middle School, perhaps suffering from competition with a Trail Blazer playoff game, drew just 45 people; and attendance in general was down.
The theme for the sessions was “equity – to provide opportunities for all ages, income levels, ethnic groups, and parts of town.” In this regard, a transit advocate noted that not only is TriMet transit service deteriorating, but poor people are being pushed to areas such as east Portland that have the worst such service. Others noted that some areas still lack such basic infrastructure as sidewalks.
The process is an update of the 1980 Portland Comprehensive Plan and the zoning regulations and policies it contains.