Urban Future

What Kind of Development Does Portland Need Right Now?

We asked three local players for their take.

9:29am By Fiona McCann

Essay

Massive Growth Is Transforming Portland. What Do We Need to Do Next?

We size up the blown chances and promising opportunities.

9:29am By Randy Gragg Illustrations by Matteo Berton

Urban Dips

Will Portland Get a Public Swimming Dock Just off the Eastbank Esplanade?

If so, it could take several years. (Upside: summers will probably be even more scorching by then!)

09/13/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Big City Lights

These 4 Giant Apartment Buildings Will Change Downtown Living in Portland

Our city's skyline is rising.

09/13/2017 By Marty Patail

Ideas & Innovations 2017: Social Entrepreneurs

4 Big Ideas Making Portland a Better City Right Now

From ice cream as brain food to the alley of the future, these local initiatives are making a difference.

06/12/2017 By Ramona DeNies and Zach Dundas

Urban Design

Behold the New Plan for Oregon City's Riverwalk

Just one minor detail: is there enough money to build it?

06/08/2017 By Rachel Wilson

Forest Park: The Future

Forest Park Is About to Change—For Better or Worse

After decades of dreaming, big shifts—from a shiny visitors center to mountain bike trails—await the city's crown jewel.

05/15/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Q&A

This Wild Mural Will Wrap around an Entire Portland Office Building

Los Angeles artist James Jean talks about his plans for the Fair-Haired Dumbbell, rising at the Burnside Bridge's east end.

04/17/2017 By Lauren Kershner

Design Week

The Many Ways the Green Loop Could Change Portland, Explained Live

On April 24, a parade of civic leaders will talk about how the proposed "linear park" could spur other transformations.

04/14/2017 By Zach Dundas

Real Estate 2017

Rising Prices. Fierce Bidding Wars. What's Next for Portland Real Estate?

Even in a world where anything can happen (right?), Portland remains a real estate promised land. What does that mean for the city? And where should you look?

03/20/2017 Edited by Zach Dundas

Real Estate 2017: Small Wonders

How New Buildings Can Use Portland's Ultra-Small Blocks to Save Our Urban DNA

The city's future may depend on how new developments adapt our Lilliputian street grid.

03/20/2017 By Carl Alviani

Real Estate 2017: Big Dreams

If Portland Has to Grow and Grow, We Have a Few Demands. Better Sashimi, for One.

From water taxis to truly great sushi, here's our big city wish list.

03/20/2017 By Margaret Seiler, Marty Patail, Zach Dundas, and Benjamin Tepler

Timber Land

The Future of Portland's Skyline Is Made of Wood. Yes, Wood.

The next cutting-edge technology to fuel our building boom just may grow on trees.

03/20/2017 By Brian Libby

Urban Design

Could Portland's Proposed Green Loop Reshape the City?

Design Week Portland aims to bring one vision of the six-mile carless Loop to life.

03/20/2017 By Zach Dundas

Light a Fire 2016: Game-Changing Project

Friends of Nadaka Unites a Gresham Neighborhood to Create a Park

Complete with bird walks, play spaces, and a community garden—and soon Gresham’s first handicapped-accessible swing.

10/10/2016 By Regina Winkle-Bryan

Urban Planning

Was the Springwater Corridor Doomed to Controversy From the Start?

The path was built for the people. And they came—just not how anyone planned.

10/10/2016 By Ramona DeNies

BRIGHT LIGHTS

What Should Come Next for Portland's Downtown Parks?

Legendary landscape architect Douglas Macy will talk about a key thread of the city's urban DNA on Tuesday, Oct 11.

10/07/2016 By Randy Gragg

City Planning

Here's What the Post Office Site in Northwest Could Look Like

The eastern edge of the Pearl is due for a major facelift.

09/23/2016 By Ko Ricker

Profile

Maverick Portland Developer Kevin Cavenaugh Builds Diamonds of Design in the Urban Rough

And his four-word motto? “Don’t be a dick.”

09/21/2016 By Leah Sottile