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Minor(s): Political Economy
Here is an abstract of the project, and a location map below.
In an age of rapid urban growth around the world, intranational inequity is a pressing issue. At the root of urban inequity is inequity in development, a problem many cities have turned to Smart Growth to ameliorate. One Smart Growth policy has been central in the effort to bring equitable development to Portland, OR: residential infill. The idea of creating a dense urban landscape to create a transit-oriented, resource-conscious, and habitable city is not new, but Portland’s Residential Infill Project passed in 2016 has been one of the newest efforts in Portland to create more equity in development. Housing affordability is an indicator of equity that has been a cause of concern in Portland since the 1990s. The Residential Infill Project is projected to improve housing affordability, however, it is not the main focus of the initiative. In this paper I predict that the Residential Infill Program on housing affordability in East Portland will increase housing affordability, but not to its fullest potential due to the project’s limited affordable housing requirements. I argue that this project, as a representative of Smart Growth, can move Portland, OR and other cities towards the lofty goal of equitable development, but needs to be met with stricter affordable housing requirements to achieve true equitable development.
Framing and focus questions
The ENVS capstone is defined by key questions. Following our situated approach to interdisciplinary environmental research, these include a broad framing question that serves as general motivation for this capstone project, and a specific focus question that defines the project’s research agenda. The framing and focus questions for this capstone are below.
Framing question: How can a city develop equitably?
Focus question: How will the Residential Infill Project impact housing affordability in East Portland, OR?
Depending on its type, the ENVS thesis results in a variety of outcomes, including a thesis (an extended scholarly manuscript), or a variety of non-thesis outcomes. Below is information on this capstone type, with links at bottom to all outcomes.
Type of capstone: Thesis (regular)
Capstone outcomes (PDF): File |