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Making Sense of Place: Portland

The third film in the MAKING SENSE OF PLACE series profiles Portland, Oregon. With its alternative transportation, distinct urban boundary and overall green sensibility, can Portland continue to contain its growth and still satisfy all of its inhabitants? Pictured: Portland Aerial Tram
North Light Productions
The third film in the MAKING SENSE OF PLACE series profiles Portland, Oregon. With its alternative transportation, distinct urban boundary and overall green sensibility, can Portland continue to contain its growth and still satisfy all of its inhabitants? Pictured: Portland Aerial Tram

Airs Monday, July 6 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

The third installment in the MAKING SENSE OF PLACE series profiles the transformation of Portland, Oregon from an urban wasteland into a thriving metropolis. Following the rapid and uncontrolled growth of the 1950s and '60s, the civic leaders of Portland developed and implemented some of the most successful land-use policies in the United States. Today, Portlanders enjoy a flourishing downtown, as well as national recognition for their achievements in alternative transportation, emissions reductions and overall sustainability. With its alternative transportation, distinct urban boundary and overall “green” sensibility, can Portland continue to contain its growth and still satisfy all of its inhabitants? Watch a preview online.