In five years, most homes inside Portland's city center will be out of reach for most Portland families. This leaves many families in Portland with no opportunity to become owners close to jobs, schools, public parks and the social and financial centers of the city.
This is the stunning conclusion that Portland Housing Center and EcoNorthwest draw from analysis of current real estate and economic trends. What does this mean for our growing city? Is this outcome inevitable? How can we learn from our history of inequality to ensure that we develop policies and planning tools to change the tide, and keep Portland affordable and welcoming to the next generation? Join Dr. Lisa Bates, professor of urban studies at Portland State University and Lorelei Juntunen, partner a the economic consulting firm EcoNorthwest, for a look at how we got here – and new ideas about how to move forward.