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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

We Like the Green*

*Green as in eco-friendly, not necessarily money.

After signing out of my Yahoo mail today, Yahoo kindly pointed out a few articles of interest for me to peruse. Usually, they are not very interesting. Today, however, one of the articles was titled "Five Amazing Green Cities" and lo, was that a photo of Portland attached to it?

It was.

According to this article, good ol' Portland Oregon is one of the Five Amazing Green Cities in the world because we've been a model of sustainable practices for years and years, even before it was popular. They cited Waterfront Park, which runs along the west bank of the Willamette River and used to be a 6-lane freeway. (Now the freeway is on the other side of the river, which apparently is more eco-friendly.) They mentioned our huge amounts of green space, and our urban growth boundary which has kept Portland from becoming a giant ugly sprawl like some other major PNW cities to the north. (But don't worry, other PNW cities, politicians and developers have been weakening the urban growth boundary for years now, so soon we can have ugly McMansions and cookie-cutter housing developments like you!)

Portland is the only US city to have made the list. Other cities included Vancouver, Canada, Malmo, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark. Pretty cool. Way to go, Portland. *pats Portland on back*