Originally Posted by pedro
It isn't universally loved here in Oregon but I do believe it has served to keep Portland a better place, particularly in the close in neighborhoods that typically would have become run down as people with money moved to the far out suburbs, which because of the growth boundary, don't really exist.
I raised my children on the Eastern edge of Portland's growth boundary. That subdivision was built in the late '70's/early 80's. There were literally no houses to the East of me and only farms. When the kids were really little we played in the snow in a field where the grade school they would eventually go to was built. (I worked in Beaverton half the time, but also half the time I worked 8 minutes from home. When I worked in Beaverton (40 miles away on the Western side of Portland Metro for those who don't know), always made sure that I got home by 4:30 for Little League (to coach) and other sporting events.)
I thought that it would be the final edge to the growth, but no....about 5 years ago another 4000 homes were built to the North and East of there, all the way up to 282nd Avenue. I do believe, though that 282nd Ave will be the final edge.
Of course, when I was a kid I'd pick berries all the way out on the farms that are currently 182nd Avenue.
After the kids grew, it was back to the inner-city (14th and Ainsworth) as it got to be too much out there (not enough diversity). After 7 years of that, it was enough. Now I'm out in the country....much more peaceful.