The nation’s coastal cities have been in the grips of a housing crisis for years, and Portland is one of the worst-hit. As the availability of housing has frozen up, those at the lowest end of the economic spectrum have been the most vulnerable to its impacts. That has meant an explosion of people sleeping in tents on the streets.
The paradox is that just above those tents, high-rise apartments are being built at a rapid pace. How do these two realities co-exist?
After researching and publishing work on affordable housing, we condensed it into a video to explain.