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Unpublished Paper
Settlement Patterns in the Portland Region: A Historical Overview
Portland Regional Planning History
  • Carl Abbott, Portland State University
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  • Land settlement patterns -- Oregon -- Portland,
  • Human geography -- Oregon -- Portland,
  • Metro (Or.)

Cities exist because they serve two basic functions--to generate economic value and to sustain social and cultural values. In the most fundamental sense, the interaction of these two urban roles determines the growth of metropolitan areas and patterns of land use and settlement within those urban areas.

Prepared for Metro Future Vision Commission

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Carl Abbott. "Settlement Patterns in the Portland Region: A Historical Overview" (1994)
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