Urban planning and a politicaldebate between two candidates running for chair of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners are on the City Club's agenda for the next two Friday luncheons.
Portland ranks as the 20th most congested city in the country, according to an annual report published by the Texas Transportation Institute, and by 2025, the population in the metropolitan area is projected to increase by an additional 1 million people. But this is going to mean a lot more than just a longer commute to work.
The City Club of Portland will discuss the region's growing pains, at its Friday luncheon on March 31 in the Governor Hotel, 614 S.W. 11th Ave. Speakers will be Jay T. Waldron, president of the Port of Portland Commission and co-chair of Metro'sTransportation Investment Task Force; Ann Gardner, government relations manager, Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc.; and Michael Powell, owner of Powell's City of Books.
To pin down the real impact of congestion, the Portland Business Alliance, Port of Portland and Metro recently collaborated on a study that has quantified just how this byproduct of urban growth affects our economy and our quality of life — from its effect on jobs and worker productivity to transportation costs and business opportunities.
On Friday, April 7, Multnomah County Chair candidatesincumbent Diane Linn and Ted Wheeler will participate debate to be moderated by Tonya Parker.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins at 12:15 p.m. A limited number of coffee/tea tickets are $5 at the door. General seating is free for members, $5 for nonmembers.
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