PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The ongoing discussion about how to grow Portland to handle a variety of influences and realities has been going on for at least a half-century.
On June 19, 1970, Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural writer Ada Louise Huxtable wrote a story for the New York Times that brought an outsider’s view to the Rose City, one that was not initially welcomed by citizens but was eventually embraced by city leaders.
Her headline: “In Portland Ore., Urban Decay is Masked by Natural Splendor.”
In a 2013 story about Huxtable’s passing, Portland Architecture reviewed her prescient piece from 2 generations before. Among the nuggets from their story:
Two years later, Portland’s Downtown Plan of 1972 would be released. With its emphasis on transit, density, lively street level activity and preservation, it addressed many of the ills that Huxtable enumerated.
This article from Portland Architecture was provided by Brian Libby.
He is a Portland-based architecture journalist and critic who has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Dwell, The Atlantic Monthly and CityLab, among others. He is also the founder and lead writer for Portland Architecture, the city’s leading online source for local design. A native Oregonian and a graduate of New York University, Brian is also an accomplished photographer who takes pictures for many of his own stories, and award-winning filmmaker whose short videos have been screened around the world.