Renewable Matter # 22 / July-August

Why is Portland a Resilient City?

by Daniel Lerch

Focus future-proof cities: 4 case studies


The secret to Oregon lies in its long history that demonstrates how urban resilience starts with a focus on community consciousness and adequate government/management tools. 


Portland, Oregon (with a metropolitan area population of 2.3 million people) regularly tops the lists of “most sustainable cities” in the United States. For decades, Portland has been a national leader in initiatives that reduce energy use and protect the environment, like transit-oriented development, cycling infrastructure, farmland preservation, and food...

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