Cover

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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

Judith A. Martin

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pp. ix-xii

The Metropolitan Portraits Series seeks to understand and describe contemporary metropolitan regions in a fresh manner—one that is informed and informative. Carl Abbott was among the first to answer the call to become part of the Metropolitan Portraits series, and I am grateful for his belief in this effort. ...

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Introduction: Portland's Historical Personality

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pp. 1-16

In 1970 the City of Portland completed the Forecourt Fountain to local applause and national acclaim. Located in an urban renewal district near the southern edge of downtown, the fountain was a carefully crafted landscape that covered an entire city block. ...

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1. Capital of the Columbia

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pp. 17-74

The Iconic view of many cities features a skyline or a manmade feature—an Eiffel Tower, Gateway Arch or Brandenburger Tor, Transamerica Tower or Empire State Building. ...

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2. Everyday Portlands

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pp. 75-128

The 1950s that I remember from my grade school years in Dayton, Ohio are alive and well in Portland. Kids walk to school and the branch library; neighborhood movie theaters show double features suitable for families; hardware stores, groceries, and florist shops still line old commercial streets. ...

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3. The Best Planned City?

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pp. 129-198

In 1957 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers put the finishing touches on The Dalles Dam, the second, counting upstream, of fourteen dams that block the main stem of the Columbia River. The Dalles Dam extended the reach of barge navigation upstream and tapped the stored force of the river for electricity. ...

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Conclusion: Civic Opportunity

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pp. 199-214

Portland on paper has an interesting set of peer cities. Take the nation's second level metropolitan areas with populations of i to 3 million—pick a score of social and economic indicators such as percentage foreign-born, median educational attainment, industrial distribution of workers, and the like—and find the places whose socioeconomic profile resembles Portland. ...

Notes

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pp. 215-228

Index

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pp. 229-240

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 241-242

This book owes much to Judith Martin and Sam Bass Warner, Jr., who developed the idea of a series of metropolitan portraits and who have read the manuscript with a careful eye. Other participants in a University of Minnesota workshop on the project—Larry Ford, Dan Arreola, and Dana White—helped clarify my ideas. ...