Making Sense of Place: Portland

About This Episode


Making Sense of Place: Portland profiles the transformation of Portland, Oregon from an urban wasteland into a thriving metropolis. Following the rapid and uncontrolled growth of the 1950s and 1960s, the civic leaders of Portland developed and implemented some of the most successful land-use policies in the United States.

Today, Portlanders enjoy a flourishing downtown, as well as national recognition for their achievements in alternative transportation, emissions reductions and overall sustainability. With its alternative transportation, distinct urban boundary and overall “green” sensibility, can Portland continue to contain its growth and still satisfy all of its inhabitants?