Portland Mayor makes big promises about city future

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler presented his first State of the City address Friday at a Portland City Club luncheon.

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Mayor Wheeler made many big promises during his address. Those promises included creating 1,300 affordable housing units, returning to a community policing model and attempting to reduce racial bias in Portland’s judicial system. Wheeler also touted multiple opportunities for economic development at sites including the Rose Quarter, Zidell’s South Waterfront Property and the Centennial Mills property on the Willamette River.

He also mentioned a new plan to finance road maintenance — which currently boasts a $270 million deficit — by utilizing a municipal bond on urban renewal revenues. 

Check out these highlight’s from Wheeler’s speech below: