Six Trends That Will Shape Portland's Future
We know that our community will be changing
in the coming years, and those changes will impact
our ability to create the community we want. Learn
more here about some of our most pressing trends
and how they might shape the future of our community.
In the next 30 years, our metropolitan
area of about 2.1 million is expected to exceed
3 million residents. How will we plan for the addition
of nearly 1 million more people?
As we consider the kind of city we want in the future,
we must also consider the fact that we will be a
city whose residents are older. How can we best
utilize the knowledge of our elders while also providing
for their unique needs?
The Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region has recently
experienced a dramatic increase in the minority
population. From 1990 to 2000, the overall minority
population increased 119%. As we continue to diversify,
how will we create an inclusive environment for
both long-term residents and new arrivals?
850,000 new jobs are expected in
the region. To adapt to job growth, to shifts in
the regional economyís focus and to changes in the
types of jobs available, Portland must have a flexible,
well-educated and growing workforce. Will city residents
have the training and education needed for the new
jobs and the shifts in the regionís economy?
The term ďpeak oilĒ refers to the concept that oil
and natural gas are limited resources and that we
will inevitably pass the peak of oil and natural
gas production in the world. Without careful preparation,
the resulting steep price increases could be extremely
disruptive. How might individuals and businesses
retool our city around new realities?
Global Warming: In
the coming decades, the scientific consensus expects
substantial changes not only in temperature but
in rainfall patterns, water supply, snow levels,
forest health, local air quality, and sea level.
These changes are not in the distant future but
are in evidence already. How can we best prepare
for these changes? How can we address the causes?