It is imperative to ensure that individuals and families continue to live, work, and thrive in the SW Corridor.

Southwest Corridor

The Southwest Corridor comprises multiple jurisdictions and many different neighborhoods, extending from South Downtown Portland along the Barbur Boulevard corridor to Downtown Tigard and further south along I-5 to Bridgeport Village. The organizing principle around this area is the proposed investment of a 12-mile Light Rail MAX extension along this alignment, meant to serve one of the fastest-growing corridors in the Metro Region.



Past transportation-related development projects have resulted in involuntary residential and business displacement of BIPOC communities, making a lasting impact on Portland’s Black community in North and Northeast Portland. Therefore, when the new Light Rail MAX extension was envisioned, the Portland City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to develop an equitable housing strategy to protect the people in the SW Corridor.


The Corridor is home to 10% of the Metro Area population, and it represents some of the most integrated neighborhoods in the Region including East African, Arab Muslims, White, and LatinX immigrant and refugee communities. The SW Equitable Development Strategy was developed to ensure the needs of these communities are met, with the SW Corridor Equity Coalition championing the implementation of this strategy through its member and their partners.

Quick Facts

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People of Color account for 24% of the SW Corridor approximately 103,000 population.

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Jobs are offered by 7,400 businesses with an average annual salary of $60,000.

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Black & Hispanic people own their home, respectively, compared to the rate of 56% for White homeowners.

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Renters and homeowners, respectively, make less than 80% of the median family income of $73,000.

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Renters and homeowners, respectively, spend 50% of their income on housing.

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Of Black and Hispanic renters, respectively, are disproportionally cost-burdened.


Apartments in 327 unregulated affordable buildings represent about 70% of all apartments in the SW Corridor.

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Spike in rents for 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, respectively, in Downtown Tigard over the past 5 years.