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|Annual Conference Local Host(s)|
Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon, we invite and welcome you to Portland for the 56th Annual Conference of the ACSP!
Planners know Portland for its unique elected regional government and urban growth boundary. Readers of the New York Times know Portland for its new restaurants, bicycles, and artisanal…well, artisanal everything. And, of course, the TV show Portlandia gifted us with the catchphrase, “put a bird on it.” Portland’s bustling downtown and waterfront and lively neighborhood commercial districts (connected by transit!) and the nearby natural beauty of the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood (protected by the state land use planning system!) make it a fantastic location to host a conference of urban planners.
As conference hosts who live in, work in, and love this city, we aim to show you more. Portland is where we study and teach, hoping to have positive impacts on the city, region, and state through engaged scholarship, a pedagogy of practice, and our own civic participation. Our local host sessions at the conference will share research about the opportunities and challenges of the statewide planning systems in Oregon and Washington; discuss lessons from PSU’s and UO’s unique approaches to teaching the practice of planning in our Master degree programs; and present engaged scholarship about Portland’s affordable housing emergency that raises questions about what a sustainable city really means.
Through mobile workshops, you’ll have the opportunity to see the evolution of Portland’s vaunted bikeways, transit system, and green infrastructure. Or, enjoy an early happy hour and walkable street life at urban breweries or a food cart pod! You can also explore the challenges of environmental justice, equity, and neighborhood transformations that are equally an important part of the Portland story. Don’t find an official mobile tour that excites you? Portland’s internet community will likely have something to meet your interests!
We are especially excited about the keynote speaker, Rick Lowe, of Project Rowhouses in Houston, Texas, an artist and MacArthur-awarded genius. Project Rowhouses has transformed a neighborhood through the celebration of African-American art and culture in the context of community development and affordable housing innovations. Its current challenges with potential gentrification and maintaining a voice for residents in redevelopment resonate for us here in Portland, and for many cities. After the keynote address, join us by transit, bike share, or walking across the car-free Tillikum Crossing to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, our beautiful reception site. The reception site is located in Portland’s eastside industrial district. Following the reception, enjoy exploring yet another perspective of Portlandia at new restaurants and bars filling up old industrial spaces.
We are excited to meet with all of you again, or for the first time--and a special welcome to new students and junior colleagues joining the conversation at ACSP! See you in November! And, yes, you should probably bring an umbrella.
Lisa Bates & Marisa Zapata, PSU co-chairs
Local Host Committee
About Our Local Hosts
Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University
Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management, University of Oregon