As more people are drawn to Portland for its culture, beer, coffee, food, and –let’s face it—herb; one must also consider that the city’s current hardships as it relates to a 3.2% housing vacancy, increasing population density, and traffic troubles.
In the midst of Portland’s housing troubles, the city has effectively priced out the working class (and it’s only getting worse with steep rent hikes). The problem is that this also contributes to snarled traffic as workers are pushed to the outskirts and neighboring towns like Hillsboro, Beaverton, and Gresham and must travel farther to and from work. With little relief on the way as millions of transportation budget is spent on improving pedestrian paths and a no-car-traffic 130 million dollar bridge.
The housing solutions involve primarily downtown structures which find parking space options limited at best—and some with no parking at all even for larger multi-family housing developments such as an 82-unit apartment building with no parking available.
The solution to these problems is varied: some argue for additional pedestrian options and high-rise/no-parking apartments, and others fight for new car-permitted bridges/freeways and expansion of affordable single-family homes with available parking.
While Portland attempts to work through the chaos, it’s always good to reflect on one’s own expectations prior to making a move into a region with limited options.