City Hall: More Details on Neighborhood Opportunity Districts

Mayor Adams' proposal for Neighborhood Opportunity Districts

Among the many proposals Mayor Sam Adams announced in his February State of the City address was one he called the "neighborhood opportunity district." The concept is a sort of small-scale urban renewal zone that doesn't use long-term bonds to finance improvement projects."Without the larger scope or length of traditional urban renewal debt, these micro districts can jumpstart small-scale, big-impact ...   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Read the Document: Adams' Proposed New Urban Renewal Boundaries and Costs


 WW has obtained a copy of a three-page information sheet detailing a new urban-renewal district proposed by Portland Mayor Sam Adams at his State of the City speech last Friday.The information sheet (PDF) includes a map of the proposed 31-year, 130-acre district centered around Portland State University. Unlike a much larger and highly gerrymandered new district previously floated by Adams, the ...   More
Thursday, February 24, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Ted Wheeler to Testify Against MLS Proposal

Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler is set to testify at tomorrow's City Council meeting on the proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Portland. And with three of the five city commissioners still saying they're undecided, it's clear Wheeler's not siding with Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard in favor of the deal. Instead, Wheeler tells WW he'll testify that the proposal to ...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

New Urban Renewal Proposal Includes Waterfront Amphitheater

The lobster antenna that extends from the newly proposed downtown Portland urban-renewal district to the Willamette River offers one example of what city officials and Mayor Sam Adams hope to accomplish with a new district, if City Council approves the idea. Urban-renewal districts take tax increases from defined areas to pay for redevelopment projects for a period of decades. Under state law, ...   More
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

County Chairman Voices Concern over Mayor's Urban Renewal Proposal

A proposal for a new 345-acre urban renewal district running through downtown, Northwest and Southwest Portland has opened another chapter in the ongoing Portland-Multnomah County budget drama. In an email last week to city and county officials, Peter Englander, a Portland Development Commission manager, delivered a message that startled Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen. That message had ...   More
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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