PSU Library is pleased to announce a new collection in PDXScholar, Cascadia Ecolopois (http://dr.archives.pdx.edu/xmlui/handle/psu/8756).
This collection contains reports of term-long projects conducted by graduate classes in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. They stem from a report created by Regional Plan Association in New York and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA, along with students at the University of Pennsylvania on the emerging "megaregions" in the US. A megaregion refers to a networked group of metropolitan regions, and is modeled on the notion of "megalopolis," a territory of continuous urbanization usually associated with the corridor from Boston on the north to Richmond on the south. One of the emerging megaregions identified through this work is "Cascadia," the territory from northern California through British Columbia, and centered on the Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC metropolitan regions. Unlike its eastern counterpart, the megalopolis, the ecolopolis refers to networking of the three principle metropolitan regions in Cascadia but calls for maintaining their separation by working and wild landscapes. In this way, Cascadia would develop its own distinctive megaregion, tied intimately to the culture and "brand" of the Pacific Northwest, and avoiding the continuous urbanization associated with more sprawling examples of megaregion development.