Paper pub. date
June 2011
ISBN 9780870715969 (paperback)
6 x 9 inches, 208 pages. Bibliography. Index.

Toward One Oregon

Rural-Urban Interdependence and the Evolution of a State

Michael Hibbard, Ethan Seltzer, Bruce Weber, and Beth Emshoff

Every state in the nation has geographic divisions—upstate/downstate, urban/rural, major city/rest of the state—that loom large as barriers to common cause. Toward One Oregon examines the prospects for uniting one geographically diverse state in the years ahead.

When Oregon became a state in 1859, its role in the nation and the global economy was quite different than it is today. Boundaries that made sense in the nineteenth century don’t always serve twenty-first century needs productively. Current times demand a new, strategic understanding of the state and its role in the nation and the world if its people—all of its people—are to thrive.

Oregon, like many states, is faced with recovering and rediscovering a sense of shared purpose as it attempts to meet the needs of its diverse communities, peoples, and landscapes. Toward One Oregon explores Oregon’s urban and rural history and assesses the current situation through political, economic, and demographic lenses. The book’s contributors include historians, urban planners, journalists, economists, sociologists, and political scientists. They explore the links and splits between urban and rural Oregon and together offer a collaborative path forward—for Oregon and for any state faced with similar, seemingly insurmountable, geographic divisions—using the best of urban and rural policies in strategic and complementary ways.

Contributors include: Carl Abbott, Richard A. Clucas, Joseph Cortright, Beth Emshoff, Mark Henkels, Michael Hibbard, David Holland, Paul Lewin, Shelia Martin, William G. Robbins, Ethan Seltzer, Bruce Sorte, Brent S. Steel, Bruce Weber

About the author

Michael Hibbard is Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Innovation and Professor of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon.

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Ethan Seltzer is Professor, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University.

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Bruce Weber is the Director of the Rural Studies Program and Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University.

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Beth Emshoff serves as Metro Specialist for Oregon State University Extension in Portland.

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Foreword Beth Emshoff Acknowledgments Chapter 1. Toward One Oregon: A Declaration of Interdependence Ethan Seltzer, Michael Hibbard, and Bruce Weber Chapter 2. A Tale of Two Oregons: Common Aspirations, Different Contexts, and Critical Interdependencies in Urban and Rural Oregon Sheila Martin and Bruce Weber Chapter 3. From Urban Frontier to Metropolitan Region: Oregon’s Cities from 1870 to 2009 Carl Abbott Chapter 4. Town and Country in Oregon: A Conflicted Legacy William G. Robbins Chapter 5. How Economically Interdependent is the Portland Metro Core with its Rural Periphery? A Comparison Across Two Decades David Holland, Paul Lewin, Bruce Sorte, and Bruce Weber Chapter 6. Analysis of Fiscal Flow in Oregon Joseph Cortright Chapter 7. The Politics of One Oregon: Causes and Consequences of the Rural-Urban Divide and Prospects for Overcoming It Richard A. Clucas, Mark Henkels, and Brent S. Steel Chapter 8. Critical Linkages: Strengthening Clusters in Urban and Rural Oregon Sheila Martin Chapter 9. Reframing our Common Cause in an Interdependent World Ethan Seltzer, Michael Hibbard, and Bruce Weber

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