Phase III Presents Draft Strategies for Portland's Future - January 27, 2011
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Strategies for Portland's FutureBased on the feedback from thousands of Portlanders during the first two phases of the Portland Plan, Phase III presents draft strategies for Portland's future.

  1. Equity
  2. Education
  3. Economic Prosperity & Affordability
  4. Healthy Connected Neighborhoods

Join us at a Portland Plan Fair in March to learn what actions are included in each strategy and share your thoughts as the plan takes shape. Full summaries of the strategies will be available online by March 2, the date of the first fair.

Each integrated strategy is a group of actions that address our most important goals for the community (that is, what Portlanders want to accomplish by the year 2035).


The strategies combine elements from a variety of disciplines, such as community health, transportation, education and others. They all aim to make Portland a thriving and sustainable city — prosperous, healthy and rich in opportunity for all.


The strategies in the Portland Plan will cover a 25-year time span, but they also include short-term actions to jump-start our work as a community in the next five years.

A Focus on Equity

Portlanders have made it clear that a long-term plan for the community must advance equity and reduce significant disparities facing our community in educational, housing and economic opportunities in a meaningful way – through concrete actions and legitimate accountability. But what do we mean by equity?

Whether because of race, ethnicity, income or the neighborhood they live in, many Portlanders increasingly experience challenges meeting their basic needs, succeeding in school and securing living wage employment. Inequities also affect people because of their age, gender, sexual orientation and physical ability. For instance:

  • 45 percent of the city's school age children are students of color, yet the graduation rates for Latino, African-American and Native-American youth in public schools is far below that of white and Asian-American youth.

  • Geographically, nearly a quarter of the city's residents live in East Portland, and per capita incomes there are about 40 percent less that the citywide average. In terms of access to transit and amenities, educational opportunity and public safety, East Portland differs significantly from the rest of the city.

What does an equitable Portland look like?

Phase Three of the Portland Plan presents a framework in which achieving equity is an overarching strategy and an integral part of all the strategies and actions in the Portland Plan — from education, housing and economic prosperity to transportation, sustainability and public health.

Join us at the Portland Plan Fairs in March to learn more about the specific actions in the draft strategies to address these disparities and create a more equitable Portland -- and let us know what you think.

Because as Portland evolves, what will distinguish the city in the future will not just be distinctive neighborhoods and thriving local businesses, it will be its ability to sustain all Portlanders regardless of race, income, sexual orientation, physical ability or age.

Come to a Portland Plan Fair near you!

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