Elements of Urbanism: Portland

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Many claim they want downtown Jacksonville to be vibrant. However, most have no idea of what a vibrant urban mid-sized city looks like at street level. They say a picture can speak a thousand words. So instead of spending time explaining urban vibrancy, this photo essay of downtown Portland, Oregon visually provides the answer.

Tale of the Tape:

Portland City Population 2012: 603,106 (City); 2,289,800 (Metro 2012) - (incorporated in 1851)

Jacksonville City Population 2012: 836,507 (City); 1,377,850 (Metro 2012) - (incorporated in 1832)

City population 1950: Jacksonville (204,517); Portland (373,628)

City Land Area

Portland: 145.4 square miles
Jacksonville: 757.7 square miles

Metropolitan Area Growth rate (2010-2012)

Portland: +2.87%
Jacksonville: +2.40%

Urban Area Population (2010 census)

Portland: 1,849,898 (ranked 24 nationwide)
Jacksonville: 1,065,219 (ranked 40 nationwide)

Urban Area Population Density (2010 census)

Portland: 3,527.8 people per square mile
Jacksonville: 2,008.5 people per square mile

City Population Growth from 2010 to 2012

Portland: +19,240
Jacksonville: +14,723

Convention Center Exhibition Space:

Portland: Oregon Convention Center (1990) - 255,000 square feet
Jacksonville: Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center (1985) - 78,500 square feet

Connected to or across the street from Convention Center:

Portland: Inn at the Convention Center - 97 rooms
Jacksonville: N/A

Tallest Building:

Portland: Wells Fargo Center - 546 feet
Jacksonville: Bank of America Tower - 617 feet

Fortune 500 companies 2013 (City limits only):

Portland: Precision Castparts (355)
Jacksonville: CSX (231), Fidelity National Financial (353), Fidelity National Information Services (434)

Urban infill obstacles:

Portland: N/A - Portland is nationally known as being a model mid-sized walkable city.
Jacksonville: State & Union Streets cut off downtown Jacksonville from Springfield.

Downtown Nightlife:

Portland: Old Town Entertainment District
Jacksonville: East Bay Street

Common Downtown Albatross:

"Perception" of visible homeless population.

Who's Downtown is more walkable?

Portland: 96 out of 100, according to walkscore.com
Jacksonville: 88 out of 100, according to walkscore.com

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