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Portland Tribune: Portland Slides Down 'Smart Growth' List

Land-use calculations change, but other cities are catching up

Has Portland lost its planning mojo?

For years city leaders have bragged that Portland’s increasing density is a national model of Smart Growth — a compact form of urban development that reduces sprawl. They have used it to justify redevelopment in the Pearl District and South Waterfront, skinny homes and apartment buildings in existing neighborhoods, and the growing transit region.

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