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During a recent trip to Portland, OR, Bob and Ben caught up with Dr. Ethan Seltzer to talk about Portland’s rise from relatively obscure western town to thriving urban center in the 21st Century. As Dr. Seltzer shows, Portland’s success today can be traced back to the 1960s/70s, when the city’s leaders laid out a vision for Portland that prioritized a high quality of life for its residents. Dr. Seltzer takes us through this history, explaining the reasons for Portland’s unique path, and outlining the challenges that Portland’s leaders face in managing the city’s growth.
Dr. Ethan Seltzer is a Professor in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. He has published extensively on development of Portland and the surrounding region.
Recorded Thursday, July 21st, 2016 on the Campus of Portland State University.
Ethan Seltzer’s Faculty Page at Portland State University
“The Why of Portland,” Knight Foundation Report by Ethan Seltzer, Nov. 2, 2014.
Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University