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While our focus is on commercial main streets, there is a good deal of related policy and design that influences the quality of our built environment and which can inform the type of "missing middle housing that happens on and around our mixed use main street corridors.

Multi-family Housing Policy

RESIDENTIAL INFILL PROJECT | Portlanders invited to testify during a virtual hearing at the City Council.

On Wednesday, June 3, Portland City Council will hold a public hearing on potential amendments to the Residential Infill Project. This hearing follows others in January and subsequent Council work sessions in February. Commissioners have proposed several amendments to the proposals in the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s Recommended Draft.


Testify options:

1. Online the Map App

2. By U.S. mail.

3. City Council Virtual Meeting. on June 3rd. Sign up by June 2 at 4 p.m. to testify virtually. 

Learn More: 

Anti-Displacement Approaches

Chicago’s Pilsen community ordinance against development pressure

 The ordinance, blocks real estate developers from using predatory tactics to persuade, convince, cajole, pressure, force, harass or otherwise coerce any homeowner to sell their property.  Under the ordinance, developers and real estate investors are not allowed to contact a property owner by email, phone, in person or written letter within a 180-day period after a homeowner said they are not interested in selling. Those violating the rule would face a fine ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.  The intent is to protect some of our most vulnerable populations, including seniors, and families that have been in their homes for generations that often want to stay but feel forced to succumb due to harassment.

Multi-family Housing Design

House Conversion Ideas to add density with sensitivity | Housing Hacks

Hidden Density


Community Alliance of Tenants |

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