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.

As always, we want to know your thoughts. E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You also can find the section online at and make comments there.

- Connie Pickett, Rethinking Portland editor

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