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Smart Growth

Smart Growth
Photograph by Sarah Leen

Portland, Oregon—America’s poster city for antisprawl activists—embraced light-rail public transit (above) and other elements of “smart growth” years before sprawl became a serious public concern. In 1979 citizens here created what still is the country’s only popularly elected regional government, that mandated a boundary for urban growth, farmland preservation, and long-range planning goals. Now, city officials elsewhere, who are drowning in their own sea of sprawl, make pilgrimages to Portland to try to find a way out.



Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 24mm Nikkor
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Clear and sunny
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available light


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