Greening Inequality: How Urban Sustainable Development Fails Under Neoliberalism [thesis]

Josie Allison
2020 Part two specifically examines Portland, Oregon. I discuss Portland's history with urbanism and development and indicate that it differed from the rest of the U.S. in it's early adoption of an environmentalist agenda. I unravel the city's racist past and show how discriminatory housing practices racialized the urban landscape. The economic and racial geography of Portland overtime demonstrates profit-based development and neglect. I explore the record and impacts of Portland's development
more » ... land's development agency, the Portland Development Commission, now known as Prosper Portland. I then discuss the economic mechanisms that the city uses to fund development projects. Ultimately, I highlight how, despite its globally recognized brand as a progressive, sustainable, healthy city, Portland is starkly unequal. East Portland absorbs the city's pollution, poverty, and blight while it receives the least amount of funding than any other district. It has very few parks or greenspaces, significantly less tree cover, with auto-centric infrastructure that endangers pedestrians and bikers while producing pollutants and heat.
doi:10.15760/honors.977 fatcat:qu7xbt2p2femvic3nrhl6l75h4