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Symposium Explores Civic and Cultural Life

The culture of the Central City is alive and thriving! At the most recent symposium held on April 8th there were 20 panelists on hand to discuss what factors have led to this vibrant cultural life, and what needs to be done to sustain it for the next 25 years. It was agreed that in spite of all of the exciting art and culture being created that there is much to be done both now and for the future. The second Civic and Cultural Life symposium will be held on April 28th.

A few key issues for the future taken from the symposium:

  • Accessibility for all current and future residents
  • Good public places and how they encourage liveliness in the city.
  • Affordability to retain and attract artists.
  • Synergy within the artistic and cultural communities to enable collaboration.
  • Potential assets and cultural institutions to complement places such as the Rose Garden, Pioneer Square, OMSI and Saturday Market, among others.

Central City 2035 (CC2035) seeks to ensure a vibrant civic and cultural life through good planning. The second Civic and Cultural Life symposium on April 28th will build upon what was discussed and explore how potential policies would translate to distinct areas within the Central City.

The results from these two symposiums will be incorporated in the development of the draft Concept Plan for CC2035, and is one of the integrated themes under discussion about the Central City. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums (when available) can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.

For any questions or comments contact Elisa Hamblin at 503-823-9714 or by email at

The CC2035 team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.