No city agency has been racked by more recent change than the Portland Development Commission. World renowned for its role in re-creating downtown and shaping new urban neighborhoods like the Pearl District, the agency turned from placemaking to economic development under Mayor Sam Adams during the Great Recession. And, ironically, as the economy has begun to boom, the PDC had to shrink, shedding dozens of jobs and institutional memory.
Now, under a new mayor, the PDC is shifting focus again with the most dramatic redrawing of the city’s urban renewal areas in over two decades.
Please join us for a conversation with the PDC’s executive director, Patrick Quinton, about the future of urban renewal in Portland. The event is free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.