A citizen website tracking all demolition and development applications in the city was launched last October. Portlandchronicle.com posts maps of all such sites. It also publishes details from public records, adding photographs and drawings in many cases.
“In the past few years, Portland has experienced unprecedented development, and it shows no sign of slowing,” wrote the editor of Portland Chronicle, who asked not to be named. “In a simultaneous trend, demolitions of historic structures have also quickly increased. In 2013, between 200 and 300 single-family home demolitions occurred, which was scores higher than previous years. This trend was equally if not more alarming to neighborhood residents, who saw not only increased density … but also a loss of Portland history.”
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