In the Rethinking Portland section included in today's paper, we take a look at how rising housing costs and increasing density rates are changing, and in many cases diminishing, the number of choices we have about where and how we live in the metro area.
First, the area's median family income is not keeping up with the median cost of housing.
And the region's rapid population growth and limited buildable land within the urban growth boundary are substantially altering the way our neighborhoods look and feel.
Big, multistory houses go up on small lots; two or three tall, skinny homes replace one old one; modern steel and glass condos rise next to a Craftsman; condo towers loom over traditional neighborhoods.
- Connie Pickett, Rethinking Portland editor