PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As more and more people move to Portland, new developments are continuing to pop up in every corner of the city. Now, a new website is helping citizens navigate and explore new housing projects in an interactive way.
The City of Portland goes by many different names — some call it the Rose City, others refer to it as the City of Bridges. But have you ever considered calling it the City of Angels?
“We used to think of Portland as being a quaint little town with a cool city feature,” Portland resident Sarah Small said. “Now, it’s feeling like L.A.”
Just a year and a half ago, the site at SW Park and 9th Avenue was a giant hole. Today, it houses a glistening skyscraper standing 30 stories tall. Next year it will open, featuring new apartment units and office spaces.
“I appreciate some of the design features in the glass, I like that this old building reflects in the glass, but I think it’s hideous,” Small remarked.
Others may disagree, but there is no doubt drastic changes are coming to the city.
“There’s a lot of construction and I think nobody knows what it is,” Tigard resident Rachel Defouri said. “The signs don’t label, we actually walked over here to see what this building is.”
Defouri was referring to construction near the Burnside Bridge. With the help of NextPortland.com, KOIN 6 News found out the development is called Yard, a building which will soon house new apartments and retail units.
The website features and interactive map with icons all around the city. By hovering your mouse over the icons, you’ll see explanations of various new development projects throughout the City of Portland.
The icons are displayed in various colors, showing whether the development is announced, in design stage, in permit review, under construction, completed or cancelled.
If you hover over the plot of land right next to Veritable Quandary in downtown Portland, you’ll see that it’s the future home of Multnomah County Courthouse.
“I didn’t even know about that, that’s terrible,” Portland resident Sabrina Lagood said. “I love VQ, it’s such a great location, it’s such a great atmosphere so that will really make it harder for them.”
Of course, there are varying opinions regarding the spike in development across the city. But one thing is clear: the changes are coming, whether you like it or not.
“It’s exciting that things are growing, but it’s a little concerning that maybe the culture might change,” Beaverton resident Justin Revitzke said.