Portland’s Streetcar & Sustainability

Today, we learned about the implementation of Portland’s streetcar and how it affected urban growth in Portland. We went on a tour guided by Patrick Sweeney and his associate, and they helped us to learn about not only some new parks, but how certain parks are made based on the surrounding areas. This tour consisted of two parts: the study of parks, and the study of the streetcar. After our morning session, we meet with Susan Anderson, the director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. She and her two colleagues taught us about how to make sustainability both effective, and marketable to different audiences. They supplemented that learning by demonstrating the key aspects to successful sustainability, and then explained Portland’s sustainability process. In all, it was a very instructive day, and we learned substantial information that is applicable in our project.

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