Monday, August 21, 2006

Strip Developments "Keep City Honest" 

Carl Abbott, a Portland State University professor of urban planning, praises 82nd Avenue, a Portland strip development. Far from being an eyesore, he says, it is a "vital artery" that provides "things no city can do without." In this case, 82nd avenue is home to numerous small businesses, many of which serve Vietnamese, Latino, Russian, and Ukrainian immigrants.

This op ed was published by the Oregonian, which is better known for praising yuppie-type New Urban developments. Abbott's unimpeachable analysis in some ways resembles my own much longer (and possibly more boring) review of Portland's McLoughlin Boulevard.

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