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Portland is a PR machine for light rail & streetcar

Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon          

“It must always be remembered how cost-effectiveness works in the public sector: the cost IS the benefit.” - author unknown

How Bad Is Houston?

We have heard a number of planners say that Houston's lack of planning is something that we don't want to have here in Portland,

so just how bad is Houston compared to Portland?

Red shows how far you could travel in 2001 in 1/2 hour

Green shows how far you could travel in 1986 in 1/2 hour

(Houston built roads, Portland built light rail)

Graphic by Wendell Cox

Misc comparisons




5.1%  (2006 Annual)

4.9 % (2006 Annual)

Average personal income

35,215 (2005)

39,052  (2005)

Average price of a home



Housing Affordability (home price / income)

7.98 years

3.8 years