Ten years ago, the "planners" informed us that the Portland metro area would see a million newcomers by 2035, which triggered another wave of condo and apartment bunker development, along with more rail plans. Two months ago, that changed:
Metro senior planner Ted Reid on Monday, June 9, presented a revised estimate of 725,000. But wait - now it's changing again: according to Portland's cadre of city planners, we'll see an additional 23,000 new "housing units" (bunkers) in available West Quadrant areas during the next 20 years, accounting for a bit over one-fifth of projected influx.
The city is projecting 112,000 more homes over 20 years, with one-fifth of those in the West Quad.
Given that most of these "homes" are going to be studio or 1-bedroom apartments, packing three-quarters of a million people in there is going to make for a lot of hot-bunking. Or maybe the projections are off by a little bit...wouldn't be the first time.