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Bill Badrick

Outstanding and informative , B , great job!
This should be required reading for every PDX leader.

Bert Sperling

Very nice article Brian, a thoughtful look into some of the metrics we currently use to rank cities and metros.
I have real issues with many popular measures of innovation and creativity, such as patents issued and the number of occupations listed as artist or musician.
Using tools from this millennium, I ranked the 50 largest metros by the number of local music projects (per capita)in Bandcamp, ReverbNation, and Kickstarter, and Portland was #5 after SF, Boston, Nashville, and Austin.
I like your notion of Portland as a "balanced" city, "right-sized" if you will. I would be concerned if Portland was leading the pack in population, housing or economic growth.
One of the indices I've devised is the Stability Index, which shows there are severe consequences to rapid growth, which cannot be controlled. Better to grow intelligently, even though at times it seems we are plodding.
Best always,

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