Portland has the tools, the drive, and the climate to become a model city for the world. Among the achievements are a successful and growing public transit systems and bicycle traffic infrastructure, density controlled by regional government, a definitive DIY culture that initiates local manufacturing and production, and preserved open spaces including the largest forested natural area within city limits in the United States.1
As a result, Portland has been defined as a city with high livability and environmentally active resulting in a large growth of non-local population. As of 2000 44% of Portland’s population was not born in the state or Oregon creating a community disconnect.2 While Portland is considerably resilient it has an ALTER EGO of crime ranking higher than the national average rates of depression, suicide, unemployment and homelessness.
Through education and stimulation, Portland can proceed to become a model city for the world through measuring and exhibiting resilient strategies. Due to world climate change and peak oil, consumption and emissions must be controlled and therefore measured to implicate responsibility for communities. Using Portland’s namesake, “The City of Bridges” indicator of responsibility serves of dual purpose of creating a sense of community and acknowledging the individuals impact on the community as a whole.
A system of sensors connected to each bridge indicates an environmental qualities, consumption, and transportation choices that impact peak oil and consumption rates. Solar panels feeding LED lighting create an instant visual dialogue of how the city as a whole is performing.
1 http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?PropertyID=127&action=ViewPark 2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland,_Oregon