Portland and Vancouver have grown up separately over the past few decades, but with similar purpose. City councils and planners in both areas have sought to support new forms of urbanism in North America. They have often been bold with experimentation, whether Portland’s greenbelt and amalgamated city government or Vancouver’s success at high density living for families, singles and everyone from all backgrounds.
Until recently, the two cities did not really look to each other for lessons.
Urban thinker extraordinaire Gordon Price has a great new photo-essay comparing urban development trends in two similar west coast cities. He notices that Portland has been adapting some of the successful high density planning and architecture prominent in Vancouver. Meanwhile, he argues that Vancouver’s pending Southeast False Creek development is taking a cue from earlier low- and-mid rise urban renewal projects near the Portland waterfront.
For the photos if nothing else, Price’s essay is worth a look. ( This shot of Yaletown, a look being attempted in Portland, is not his photo)