OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes spent more than a year researching, reporting and producing “Growing Oregon,” a six-part podcast and web series looking at the evolution of Oregon’s unique approach to growth and the impact it has on our lives today.

He sifted through documents, other works of journalism and oral histories. He also interviewed dozens of people, including activists, lobbyists and elected officials who were involved in the initial creation of the system and legal challenges over the years, experts on land-use rules and their impacts and residents living today with the impact of Oregon’s growth rules.

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This project was edited by Anna Griffin with help from Sage Van Wing, Ryan Haas and Allison Frost. The digital production team included Courtney Sherwood, Joshua Ling and Kristyna Wentz-Graff. The podcast was engineered by Nalin Silva with help from Steven Kray.

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