SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Planning Portland

"Prior to leaving his post as Portland, Oregon’s first Chief Urban Designer in late March this year, Arun Jain completed a working blueprint for Portland’s Central City from which great public places and spaces can be created over the next 25 years. It is also a basis for creating a resilient city intended to protect, enhance and create its cherished environment and character. The plan provides a dynamic means for cities to foster uniqueness and counter uncertainty."

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