Candidates Forum

Thank you for participating in our online forum discussing livability, sustainability, economic, and emergency preparedness issues as they relate to Portland’s built environment. Please answer the following questions and submit when complete. Responses should be submitted by May 5, and will be made public on May 6. Contact us with questions.

Questions for candidates May 2020

  • Question 1

    Portland’s history and distinctive architectural character are a source of pride for locals and the most common reason tourists come to visit here. In 2017, Travel Oregon’s survey revealed that 38% of our visitors came here to visit historic places, and in 2012, Travel and Leisure ranked Portland 9th among major US cities for the appeal to tourists for its interesting neighborhoods.
  • Question 2

    It is widely known that Portland is at a high risk for a major earthquake that in particular could impact thousands of older and historic buildings throughout the city. Over 6,000 housing units are unreinforced masonry buildings, which are prone to collapse, and many of Portland’s 145,000 single-family residences have not been retrofitted with foundation tie-downs to prevent collapse. 
  • Question 3

    Portland has struggled to find a way to increase affordable housing and density in a way that doesn’t displace large numbers of lower-income families, destroy older affordable homes to create new, more expensive units, and negatively impact our city’s environmental footprint.
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