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Forty years ago, downtown Portland, Oregon was losing residents and businesses to housing developments, shopping malls, and business parks in the suburbs. Sound familiar?
But then Portland made a series of decisions: They decided not to build a new freeway. They decided to eliminate a freeway along the Willamette River. And then they went to work, and created a regional public transit authority called TriMet that now oversees the operations of a commuter rail line, a bus system, a lightrail system, and most recently, The Portland Streetcar System. It’s all part of an integrated approach to public transit that’s made Portland an admired example of smart growth.
Today, Where We Live, we’ll take a look at Portland and ask which of their solutions might apply here in the Hartford region and across the state. Rick Gustafson from Portland Streetcar, Inc. joins UConn’s Norman Garrick and the Courant’s Tom Condon in studio.