Housing & Development

illustration by Paul Hoffman

Articles and postings on a wide range of housing and development issues — from affordability to the relationship of housing to transportation.

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MAX light rail train arriving at Orenco Station from Hillsboro, heading to Portland and Gresham.

Is Orenco Station on Track?

Orenco Station is both an actual light-rail station and the name of a 209 acre “transit-oriented” development adjacent to the station. They’re both in Hillsboro, Oregon, a fast growing suburb of Portland, and home to the state’s “Silicon Forest.”

Sign for classes at Billings Forge

Anchoring a Neighborhood

Close to Hartford’s “seats of power” — state government; insurance companies; and Trinity College; you’ll find Frog Hollow, a predominantly Latino neighborhood. It has a mix of walk-up apartments, neighborhood restaurants, stores, churches, and social clubs. But anchoring it is an innovative mixed-use development called Billings Forge.