Welcome to Portland's Ecosteader Community
A new generation of workers shaping Portland Metro's landscape
Localizing Just Makes Sense.
Inspiring for Innovations in Eco-Tech
It's an exciting time to be alive. Cities are finally waking up to the long-term benefits of smart city planning, reducing carbon footprint, and generally being conscious of humans' effect on Mother Earth. Portland is at the forefront of the green revolution, and our ideas feed highlights many of the latest trends and innovations in environmentally-friendly home and city design, green remodeling, urban planning, and eco-tech.
Tackling Issues Unique to Oregon
urban growth boundary, or UGB?
The expansion of this boundary is of vital importance to everyone. Unfortunately, there are far too many who erroneously think it's their "right" to bank on Portland's housing "crisis" by creating lots and lots of high-end rentals. In reality, the housing crisis does not exist in the way they say it exists. Properties being bought to be "flipped" for quick profit, and/or converted to rentals (AirBnB) is the underlying cause of the crisis. Private REITs, Property management companies, and Realtors all push for aggressive price increases to yield turnover -- because high rents and frequent turnover are how they make money. Aside from being astoundingly unethical, such an approach to development creates and promotes wastefulness, especially because rentals rely upon a constant bandaid of cheap (often toxic) cosmetic fixes. Landlording promotes unsafe environments for everyone. Profiteering on rentals squeezes out diversity and destroys the character of Portland's neighborhoods and communities.
At Ecosteader, we firmly believe that owner-occupied properties are the key to healthy, sustainable neighborhoods and cities. Everything we do here is to help owners find, build and keep their equity.
Serving Portland Metro
Because in order to change the world, you've gotta start at home
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