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1952 to 2001

1952
 
Portland Realty Board changed code of ethics
"It is no longer the Board's official position that the presence of African Americans depresses property values."
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1952
 
Portland School district hired first African American high school teacher
Robert G. Ford became an English and Social Studies teacher at Roosevelt High.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1952
 
Billboard control along Banfield is enacted
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1952
26-Oct
 
Original Columbia Blvd Wastewater Treatment Plant dedicated
 
Treatment Plant Dedication
Auditor-
Archives
1955
27-Sep
 
Operation Greenlight
Civil defense test evacuation of downtown Portland. Took 19 minutes to evacuate the downtown core.
 
Evacuation Drill
Auditor-
Archives
1956
 
Kelly Butte Civil Defense Center
Emergency Operations Center for Portland and Multnomah County designed to survive a "near miss" by up to a 20 megaton bomb and to be self-sustaining for up to 90 days.
 
 
1956
 
Zoning Ordinance is redrafted with fifteen meetings held to familiarize inspectors with the new provisions.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1957
 
South Auditorium Urban Renewal Project
Redevelopment of "blighted" area displaces thousands of people.
 

 
Bureau of
Planning
1957
 
Fair Housing Act
Enacted by the Oregon Legislature.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1958
14-Jul
 
First meeting of the newly formed Portland Development Commission
John Kenward named Executive Director.
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1958
24-May
 
Current Morrison Bridge opens
Built by Multnomah County for $12.9 million.
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1958
 
Design Review Committee initiated
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1959
 
"New Zoo" opens at its present site
 
 
1959
 
Second zoning code adopted, containing fifteen zones: four industrial, four commercial, three apartment and four detached housing. All new development is required to provide on-site parking after 1973. Height restrictions, setbacks and screening are introduced.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1960
 
Comprehensive Freeway System Plan
Never fully executed due to lack of funds, but the Minnesota Freeway (I-5) opened in 1964.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1960
3-Nov
 
Memorial Coliseum opens
 
population:
372,676
Auditor-
Archives
1960
1-Sep
 
Lloyd Center opens for business
America's first shopping mall.
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1960
 
Albina Neighborhood Report proposes improved housing, eliminating through traffic in residential areas, a neighborhood park and street improvements.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1962
1-May
 
Bull Run Dam 2 dedicated
7 billion gallon reservoir.
 
 
1962
 
Columbus Day Storm
 
Storm Damage
Auditor-
Archives
1962
 
Land Acquired for Japanese Garden
5.5 acres, once the site of the Washington Park Zoo, above the Rose Test Gardens.
 
 
1964
17-Aug
 
Forestry Building Burns
 
Forestry Building Fire
Auditor-
Archives
1964
 
Minnesota Freeway (I-5) opens
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1966
 
Voters approved purchase of Stadium
Ballot measure provided $2.5 million to purchase downtown stadium.
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1966
18-Oct
 
Marquam Bridge opens
Built by the state for $13 million. Lower deck opened 10/4.
 
Under Construction
Auditor-
Archives
1967
 
Portland's Model Cities program established
Portland is one of 63 cities chosen for federal assistance to improve neighborhoods.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1968
3-May
 
Opening ceremonies for the Civic Auditorium
Part of the South Auditorium Urban Renewal project, the new auditorium is built on the site of the old Public Auditorium.
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1968
 
The Downtown Waterfront Plan
recommends that Harbor Drive be eliminated and parks developed to beautify the City's downtown riverfront.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1968
24-May
 
Old Public Market (Journal Building) sold to City of Portland
City will demolish to make way for expansion of Harbor Drive.
 
Journal Building
Auditor-
Archives
1970
17-Jan
 
City Planning Commission denies conditional use permit for construction of 12-story parking garage at present site of Pioneer Courthouse Square
 
population:
379,967
 
Bureau of
Planning
1970
15-Mar
 
Portland Improvement Committee organized
Pledged $80,000 for the preparation of a downtown study by CH2M firm.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1970
 
Park Blocks clash
Anti-war demonstrators and police confrontation in downtown.
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1970
 
Bombing of City Hall Liberty Bell
 
City Hall Damage
Auditor-
Archives
1972
 
Portland Downtown Plan
In response to concern over lack of public involvement to help formulate plans and review decisions by the Planning Commission.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1973
 
Metropolitan Arts Commission
formed by the City of Portland and Multnomah County.
 
 
Regional Arts
Coordinating Council
1973
 
Mayor Goldschmidt reorganizes the Planning Commission to become the Bureau of Planning, housed in the Office of Planning and Development.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1973
 
The Northwest Plan
Emphasizes that the Northwest District should serve a diverse population close to the city center.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1973
 
Fremont Bridge completed
Built by the state for $82 million.
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1974
March
 
First African American Commissioner
Charles Jordan appointed in March and elected to a full term in May.
 
Commissioner Charles Jordan
Auditor-
Archives
1974
23-May
 
Harbor Drive closed
The State begins closing portions in May to be completed by the end of the year.
 
Harbor Drive
Auditor-
Archives
1974
November
 
BOEC Opens
Bureau of Emergency Communications begins taking calls and dispatching for local police and sheriff.
 
 
1975
 
Portland transfers jail and court duties to Multnomah County
City Jail closes and County begins conducting trials on violations of City ordinances.
 
 
Auditor
1976
17-May
 
Cancellation of Mt Hood Freeway project
Made official by the FHA and Governor Straub.
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1977
 
Blazers win the NBA Championship
The Portland Trailblazers Basketball Team.
 
Victory Celebration
Auditor-
Archives
1977
Dec
 
Downtown Transit Mall opens
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1978
May
 
Voters approve the creation of the Metropolitan Service District (METRO)
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1979
 
Urban Growth Boundary established
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1979
 
Connie McCready appointed Mayor Portland's first, and only, appointed mayor under the commission form of government; second woman mayor. Appointed to replace Neil Goldschmidt who became U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1979
17-June
 
Portland Police Mounted Patrol re-activated
 
 
Police Bureau
1980
 
One-percent for Art
City of Portland and Multnomah County pass the 1% for Art/Public Art Ordinance.
 
 
Regional Arts
Coordinating Council
1980
May 18
 
Mt. St. Helens erupts
The big one! There were some smaller steam eruptions before this one. Occurred at 8:32 in the morning and killed 57 people.
 
population:
368,139
Auditor-
Archives
1981
November
 
9-1-1
Citizens can dial 911 to reach the Bureau of Emergency Communications.
 
 
1982
 
The Portland Building Dedicated
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1982
 
Glenn Jackson Memorial Bridge opens
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1983
 
Justice Center Opens
Combined State-County-City project.
 
 
Auditor
1983
 
Urban Services Policy
City approves plan to extend services through annexation of 115,000 residents in 30 square miles of surrounding unincorporated areas.
 
 
Auditor
1983
 
Pioneer courthouse square completed
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1984
 
Fire Bureau Dive Rescue Team began
 
 
Fire Bureau
1984
 
Phase I of the Columbia South shore groundwater wellfield is completed
 
 
1985
24-Jan
 
First female Police Chief appointed
Penny Harrington.
 
Chief Harrington
Auditor-
Archives
1985
 
First Light Rail opened
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1985
6-Oct
 
Portlandia Statue Arrives
 
Portlandia and Portland Building
Auditor-
Archives
1987
28-Aug
 
Portland Center for the Performing Arts opened
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1987
 
Chinatown Gate completed
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1987
 
Central City Plan
Improvements include a) Mt. Hood, and other view corridors, preserved b) Retail and downtown office core connected to outer areas, east and west, by Light Rail c) Redevelopment of Convention Center, Rose Quarter and the Lloyd Center and d) the Bright Lights District along Broadway, with its hotels, theaters and the Performing Arts Center.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1990
 
Convention Center opens
 
population:
438,802
Auditor-
Archives
1992
 
City Council adopts Albina Community Plan Comprehensive community effort addresses community policing, incentives for infill housing, and major initiatives to raise the level of economic and educational achievement of area residents.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1992
 
A water shortage prompts curtailment and enhanced conservation education
Water demand drops 34 percent. The Bureau installs seasonal push-buttons on the Benson bubblers.
 
 
1994
March
 
BOEC Upgrade
The Bureau of Emergency Communications moves into its new building, begins using a new computer-aided dispatch system and a new 800 megahertz radio system.
 
BOEC Building
1995
 
Rose Garden Arena opens
 
 
Auditor-
Archives
1996
February
 
Flooding
Flooding increases turbidity in the Bull Run. From February 8-15, the Water Bureau turns off the Bull Run conduits and relies on groundwater from the Columbia South Shore wellfield. This was the first time in over 100 years that the Portland metropolitan area relied solely on another water source.
 
 
1997
 
Hillsdale Town Center Plan
Residents and business of Hillsdale create the first town center plan in the City of Portland.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1998
 
Hollywood/Sandy and Gateway Plans
Gateway becomes a Regional Center, Hollywood a Town Center and Sandy Boulevard a Main Street.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1998
 
The Water Bureau completes the removal of all known lead piping in the water distribution system
 
 
1999
 
North Macadam
A plan for a thriving urban community on the riverfront with an integrated public transit, vehicular, and pedestrian access system.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
1999
 
River Renaissance
A long-term strategy to link the natural river system to industry, businesses and neighborhoods.
 
 
Bureau of
Planning
2000
 
Money Magazine declares Portland the number one city to live in
 
population:
513,325
 
Bureau of
Planning
2000
 
Classical Chinese Garden opened
 
 
Bureau of
Planning

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