50th Conference in Portland

IMCL 50th Conference

50th International
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Governor Hotel
Portland, OR

June 23-27, 2013

Oregon MetroPortland Online

Charlie HalesDear Friends:

On behalf of the residents of the City of Portland, welcome!

The Rose City is honored and delighted to welcome participants to the 50th IMCL Conference—Reshaping Suburbia into Healthy Communities, June 23-27, 2013.

At this conference, you will have the opportunity to work with some of the leading urban designers, planners and public officials from North America and Europe, who will share their vision and experience on how to shape healthy suburban communities. Additionally, we in Portland are excited about this opportunity to share ideas that have proved successful in this city, and to learn from you about how we can improve the beauty, health and livability of our own suburban neighborhoods.

In Portland, we have worked to prevent sprawl and to help our suburbs develop into walkable, 10-minute communities. We have created a network of streetcars, buses and light rail, and focused compact, mixed-use development on transit nodes at the heart of each neighborhood. Our urban boundary and regional planning through the Metro Regional  have helped us to reach these goals. There will be opportunities for you to tour some of these neighborhoods.

For those of you visiting from out of town, we hope you enjoy the Rose City’s numerous attractions.  Whether you visit our Waterfront Park or enjoy shopping downtown, dine at one of hundreds of restaurants in our Pearl District or just take in the views of Mt. Hood from Portland’s Rose Garden, we are sure you will find your visit an unforgettable and enjoyable experience.

Again, on the behalf of the beautiful City of Portland, Oregon – welcome and best wishes for a successful conference. 


Charlie Hales

Tom Hughes - Metro Council PresidentOn behalf of the people of the Portland metropolitan region, I am pleased to welcome you to the Portland metropolitan region for the 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference on Reshaping Suburbia into Healthy Communities.  As an agency responsible for planning in areas encompassing 25 cities and three counties, Metro has long been involved with this issue.

We are proud of our region’s history, natural environment and the deliberate choices we have made to keep our region one of the most livable in the country. By focusing development within an urban boundary, investing in public transit, bike routes and trails, encouraging walkable communities, transit-oriented mixed-use development and nature in communities, Metro has achieved some success in preventing sprawl and strengthening suburban town centers. We will be pleased to share what we have learned in this deliberative process.

We still have problems to solve, and we look forward to the conference dialogue and to learning from other cities and regions around the world that have also developed techniques and strategies for reshaping suburbia into healthy communities.

While you’re here, I hope you will take the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent natural attractions and rich cultural and gastronomic resources of Portland and the region.

Thanks again for visiting – have a great conference!

Tom Hughes
Metro Council President

Suzanne H. Crowhurst LennardDear Colleagues:

There was a time when the suburbs offered a healthy alternative to living in polluted industrial cities. Times have changed. Sprawling and fragmented suburbs where distances are too great and streets are too dangerous have significantly contributed to our massive problems of obesity, chronic physical ill health, social isolation, violence and crime.

We must act now to adopt healthy, equitable planning practices for reshaping suburbia. Our children and elders, those who are disabled or poor especially need the suburbs to be healed. The good news is that some of the most exciting urban design projects today - transformations of shopping malls into mixed use town centers, transit-oriented development, neighborhood plazas and green streets - are taking place in the suburbs.

We welcome your participation, to share your achievements, to learn from others, and to help guide this process! Join world-renowned experts, national and international leaders who will examine the environmental causes of our suburban health problems, present multi-disciplinary insights, and the planning, urban design, landscape, and organizational tools available to reshape our fragmented and sprawling suburbs.

Exemplary suburban projects, healthy planning models, and community development strategies will be discussed. The City of Portland will share their experience in making Portland’s suburban neighborhoods healthy, sustainable and livable for all. Awards will be presented for inspiring examples of suburban infill development; transformations from shopping malls and strips into mixed-use town centers; new neighborhood plazas; suburban green places; and healthy 10-minute neighborhood planning.

The conference will bring together 350-400 delegates - elected officials, practitioners and scholars in planning, public health, urban design, landscape architecture, transportation planning, pediatrics, human development, social sciences, land use development and architecture from around the world.

Please join us!

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard, Ph.D.(Arch.)
Director, IMCL Council


You will want to plan a few days before or after the conference to visit Portland, the American city we feel most exemplifies IMCL principles.

 The Governor Hotel

The Governor Hotel

The Conference will take place at the Governor Hotel, at 614 SW 11th Avenue. The hotel consists of two fine historic buildings, one of which, with its magnificent renaissance style ballrooms and meeting rooms, was originally built for the Elks Club. The hotel is downtown, at the crossing point of the MAX light rail line from the airport and the streetcar lines.

Please email reservations@governorhotel.com or call 503-224-3400 and ask for “group reservations”. Please mention that you are with the “Making Cities Livable Conference” to receive the conference rates. Reservations should be made before May 23 to receive the group rate. Reservations must be made through the hotel directly as the toll free line and hotel website are not set up for group reservations. For special assistance, call 503-241-2115 to speak to Group Sales Manager, Gena Berry.

The Westin Hotel

The Starwood Westin Hotel, 750 Southwest Alder Street  (one block east of the Governor Hotel) is also holding a block of special rate rooms for Making Cities Livable participants. To obtain the group rate, please make your reservation before May 16th.

To reserve by phone, please call 1-888-627-8401, mentioning the Making Cities Livable Conference. To reserve online, please visit Making Cities Livable Room Block (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser) https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/MakingCitiesLivable

For additional help, please contact Lauren Eatchel at Lauren.Eatchel@Westin.com.

Portland MAX

Arriving in Portland

If you fly to Portland International Airport (PDX) you can catch the MAX light rail, which runs every 15-20 minutes. The MAX station and ticket machines (fare $2.50) are located near baggage claim on the lower level. In 40 minutes, MAX will take you to within one block of the Governor Hotel (Galleria/SW 10th). The last train departs PDX at 11:49 p.m., daily. A taxi will take about 25 minutes (fare approx $35).