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Dogs of Displacement

An Examination of Portland’s Off-


Leash Dog Areas Compared with
Displacement Risk
Aidan Smith
Geog 266
Winter 2019
(Photo Credit: Aphelion
Crampton March 2019)
Introduction

Question:
Is there a spatial correlation in Portland, Oregon between dog
off-leash areas (DOLAs) and areas at risk of displacement?
Background
Portland has several Dog Off- Portland has also had a
Leash Areas in currently existing problem with gentrification and
parks (24 total). displacement in recent years.

Source: City of Portland website


Methods
Select by
DOLA ORCA
Attribute PP & R Select by DOLAs_
(Park DOLAs Location PDX
Data Prep Names)

City
Boundary

Surrounding DOLAs Buffer


DOLA
_1mi Dissolve
DOLA
_buf_
Taxlots _PDX (1 Mile)
Buf diss
DOLA_
Select by
taxlots_
Location
1mi

Taxlots

DOLAs
_PDX

Vulnerability Select by DOLA_


Location Tracts
Vulnerability
Results
This Map displays
the taxlot landuse
within a mile of a
DOLA.

There’s an
apparent trend of
DOLAs near Caesar
E. Chavez
Boulevard on the
East Side of
Portland.
Results TOTAL ACRES
Agriculture
1%
The taxlots within a mile of Undeveloped
DOLAs were primarily 20%

commercial and far less


residential (only 15% total)
Commercial
Landuse Total Acres 40%

Agriculture 39.72 Single Family


Residential
Commercial 2,715.40 9%

Industrial 52.83
Multi-Family
Residential 436.72

Rural 1,599.40 Industrial


Single Family 1%
Rural
Residential 605.38 23% Multi-Family
Residential
6%
Undeveloped 1,398.79
Results
The highlighted areas
in orange display the
census tract that a
DOLA falls within.

The average risk of


displacement for
DOLA tracts was 6.96
compared to the city
average of 7.78.
Results
This map displays
the variance of
DOLA census tract
risk totals compared
to the city average of
7.78.

There wasn’t a
significantly high
variance in either
direction (above or
below the average.
Conclusion
• Despite the majority of displacement risk areas and DOLAs both falling
on the East side of Portland, there wasn’t a significant correlation
between displacement risk and DOLA locations.

• The next proposed DOLA will be in Luuwit View Park (NE 127th Ave. and
Freemont Street) which has a displace risk total of 13 and would increase
the DOLA tract risk average to 7.17 and thus closer to the city average.

• Follow Up: Mapping the change in average household income near


DOLAS, and/or the year taxlots were built on could help to better
understand how the areas around DOLAs has changed in recent years.