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Student Research and Graduate Workshops

Above: Graduate students in the Adelante Planning workshop group worked with Hacienda CDC and community residents to create a plan for a Mercado serving Portland's Latino community. The project won an AICP national student planning award in 2012 for Application of the Planning Process. 

Graduate Workshops

A core requirement of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program is completion of a community-based, client-focused workshop project. Several past workshop projects have focused on strengthening opportunities for underserved neighborhoods and populations in the Portland metropolitan area:

Portland Mercado 

Realizing public goals of an inclusive and vibrant society requires an advocacy approach to urban planning and economic development. Adelante Planning outlines strategies based on research and case studies to successfully implement a Mercado as an economic development and business incubation strategy for Portland’s Latino community. A Mercado is a strategic planning approach targeted toward Latino populations and other minorities, particularly in gentrifying areas within the Portland metropolitan region.

Read the full report here. 

Harvesting Opportunity: A Strategic Vision for Farmworker Housing and Microenterprise in Washington County

Farmworkers across Washington County face stagnant and often declining incomes, limited employment opportunities, and a shortage of affordable, quality housing. In this six-month workshop project, Tierra Planning explored the connection between quality affordable housing and economic development opportunities for farmworkers in Washington County.  TSUSP graduate students worked with stakeholders, regulators, landowners and farmworkers to identify barriers, opportunities, and alternatives. Following extensive research, outreach, and alternatives analysis, the final product included a strategic vision and also offered both general recommendations and recommendations to Washington County officials.  A primary objective of the project is to encourage discourse among local farmers, housing developers, and policy makers in order to provide alternative models for integrated farmworker housing and economic development. Additionally, this project also highlights the important connection between the growing local food movement and workers who harvest local food to broaden support for the social aspects of sustainability.

Read the full report here. 

Humboldt Community Action Plan

Mosaic Planning worked to develop an action plan that will enable the community to better address their concerns.  Within Portland, the Humboldt neighborhood is one of the most diverse and rapidly changing areas—constantly challenging the neighborhood association's efforts to reach a diverse population of residents. Through concerted outreach, interviews, and workshops, Mosaic Planning has identified a series of goals the neighborhood hopes to achieve. By thoroughly researching methods to achieve these goals, the group provided a series of action items to the community for implementation by residents. This plan will help them address neighborhood issues, identify city and local resources, and provide ways to build a stronger community within Humboldt.

Read the full report here


Student Profiles

For more information on MURP, MUS, and Ph.D students’ research projects, work experience, and professional interests, visit the student profiles page.