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Vision for Portland

It’s Portland, that’s why we’re here. As we grow, we need people on City Council who can see the big picture, look out to the future, make things happen, and take steps now to help us remain a city that stays livable, is greener, and is more equitable.

 

It starts with housing. People need to be sleeping and living inside, not on our sidewalks. Everyone needs to be able to afford housing that is near work, services and schools. Housing needs to be located to reduce dependence on automobiles and freeways. Much more housing downtown needs to start now, in the Rose Quarter, OMSI area, and other close-in districts. Walkable neighborhoods interconnected by great transit should continue and get even better. The outer eastside needs more infrastructure, parks, and transit options - this area is critical to do right for the health of our city.

 

As we get larger, we need to be realistic about transportation so our quality of life remains high. Our packed freeways are not going to get much better, so we need to increase mass transit, bikes, and other forms of transportation.

 

Our air and water needs to be cleaner.

 

Our schools need to be impressive again. Our kids and teachers need to be in modernized facilities with full programs.

 

Our city needs to be a national model for tolerance, more equitable, where everyone has an equal opportunity to contribute and live well.

 

We have been 'breathing on the fumes' of a progressive Portland and Oregon in the 1970's. We're getting behind and are at risk of becoming just another congested American city.

 

We have a great foundation. Let's step up, agree on priorities, work together, and make good things happen. It's time to remember our core values, remember why this place is so great, and take steps to insure that our wonderful city stays livable and accessible into the future.