Much of the credit for Portland’s high quality of life is a direct result of the time and energy invested by previous generations of citizens. Our predecessors are the unsung heroes who fought to bring us Waterfront Park, the urban growth boundary, light rail and many other aspects of daily life that we all take for granted.
We are fortunate in that our local governments are accessible, approachable and very interested in working with Portlanders (no, they are not just pandering—a citizen activist just got elected to City Council).
With the rapid pace of growth in our fair city, lots of folks just don’t how our local governments work or how to get involved. So I will offer a quick primer on how to participate in designing Portland’s future.
A life-long policy wonk who derives great joy from the machinations of local governments. I am likely one of the few citizens (but this is Portland, so I know I am not the only one) who is on a first name basis with both the City of Portland’s Auditor and Chief Financial Officer. I credit this strange affinity to my grandfather who was the Chief Budget Examiner for New York City until he died in 1977.