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Portlanders Happy About Livability, But Not City Government

OPB | Oct. 30, 2013 5 a.m. | Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 1:31 p.m. | Portland

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Portlanders feel good about city livability, their parks, police and 911 system, according to a new survey released Wednesday.

Fall colors reflect in the Willamette River in Portland's Cathedral Park underneath the St. John's Bridge.

Fall colors reflect in the Willamette River in Portland's Cathedral Park underneath the St. John's Bridge.

Tess Freeman / OPB

But they’re not happy about the job city government is doing or the condition of Portland’s streets.

The survey found that 88 percent of respondents feel their neighborhood livability is good or very good.

But Portland’s director of audit services, Drummond Kahn, says that number contrasts sharply with the 50 percent who say the city government is doing a good or very good job.

“So folks love their city and love their neighborhood but have concerns about the job that city government is doing,” he said.

Like much of East Portland, there are many unpaved streets in Rosewood.

Like much of East Portland, there are many unpaved streets in Rosewood.

Amanda Peacher / OPB

Since 2009, the city government satisfaction question has dropped from 62 percent.

Street maintenance has some of the worst numbers, with only 33 percent saying the roads are good or very good.

Forty-six percent said housing affordability was good or very good.

And 57 percent said Portland was a good or very good place to do business.

The survey polled 9,800 randomly selected households and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.7 percent.

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