Keeping downtown Portland vibrant requires
By Oregon Live
As they work on a wide-ranging plan for the future of the central city, a blueprint to ensure that downtown Portland's next 20 years are as successful as its past 40, planners and citizen volunteers have come up with a strange, fascinating, seemingly counterintuitive equation. For Portland to remain the healthy cultural and financial heart of the region, they say, the number of trips made downtown each day must double. The amount of greenhouse gas emitted must remain the same. And the number of vehicle miles traveled in the central city -- the average number of miles each of us put on our odometer on any given day -- must drop by close to 40 percent.
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