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What's So Great About Portland?

Is it enlightened politicians? Their urban growth plan? Or something else entirely?

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But I quickly saw that I would learn at least as much from this spirited gathering of Portlanders as they would learn from me. 

I left Portland convinced that if Minneapolis and other cities across the land want to move up from the #2 slot in rankings of urban success, they ought to concentrate less on the nuts-and-bolts of achieving desired outcomes and concentrate more on efforts of all kinds that get people working together on the grassroots level to make a better community.  That’s the simple but powerful secret of a great city.

Jay Walljasper is editor of OnTheCommons.org, a news and culture website devoted to recognizing the importance of the commons -- those things that belong to all of us -- in modern life.

 
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