Equity and the Portland Plan - April 22, 2010
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During Phase One of the Portland Plan, many Portlanders told us that equity is important to our community’s future. So in Phase Two we will look at addressing equity issues in all nine of the Portland Plan action areas. But first, let’s define what we mean by equity.

What is equity?

According to the Coalition for a Livable Future, equity is the right of every person to have access to opportunities necessary for satisfying essential needs and advancing their well-being.

What does equity look like?
  • All residents have access to opportunities, such as good jobs, education, transportation, parks, housing, etc.
  • The benefits and burdens of growth and change are equitably shared across our communities.
  • All residents and communities are involved as full and equal partners in public decision making.

*Coalition for a Livable Future


As we move forward with the Portland Plan, we will be discussing equity in greater depth and applying its principles to each of the objectives that we pursue.

For more information about equity, please visit the following:

Coalition of Communities of Color (Powerpoint presentation)

Coalition of community organizations that worked for two years to provide this data about six communities of color.

Coalition for a Livable Future Equity Atlas

100 diverse organizations and hundreds of individuals to promote healthy and sustainable communities.


Vision Into Action

City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative

King County Equity Report (PDF)

Crossroads Charlotte Individual Initiative Scorecard for Organizations Scorecard Overview

Evaluating Transportation Equity, Victoria BC (PDF)

Transportation Equity and Public Participation, Pittsburg, PA

U.S. Dept of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration


Oregon Center for Public Policy: Who's Getting Ahead? (PDF)

Report Card on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, March 2008 (PDF)

Speak Out Survey 2009: Measuring Health and Wellness among Portland’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Genderqueer, and Intersex Communities - Final Report March 2010 (PDF)

The World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Cities Project (PDF)

Multnomah County Aging & Disability Services 2008 Community Needs Survey (Word document)

Regional Equity Atlas

Making the Invisible Visible (PDF)

The State of Black Oregon


Progress Report


The 2017 Progress Report shows how the 142 actions in the Portland Plan are moving forward and highlights new opportunities and heightened priorities to advance the City’s goals.


The Portland Plan


The Portland Plan was unanimously adopted by City Council on April 25, 2012.


Questions? Call 503-823-7700

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