The interactions between the population of an urban area and the economic base of an urban area pose some interesting questions. Add a transportation system to these factors and a formula for shaping an urban area is present. An attempt was made to measure the interaction of these three from the context of a coordinated land-use planning light rail redevelopment effort in Portland, Oregon. In general it was found the interaction is very important to the economic health of the area. One of the main focuses was the way this interaction was controlled by the city planner. It was found that the city planner has little or no control over the market forces. Instead the planner has be placed in the role of facilitator of the market to do what the city finds in its best interest. It was discovered the city planner has turned to the Private market to help develop public land. By tying development bonuses to the private development of public facilities, city developers have been able to develop the public facilities at little or no cost to the city. Transportation planning with a development effort can help the region improve the accessibility to areas the system serves. The transit and development coordination does offer incentive to develop and locate residentially. It does not however, automatically insure development of the type the city wants.


Burnell, James

Second Advisor

Godek, Steven


Urban Studies

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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