With just over 100,000 people, Gresham is the fourth largest city in Oregon. It is bordered to the east by Portland, the largest city in the state. Gresham is home to the Mount Hood Jazz Festival and is known as “The City of Music”. It is close in proximity to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and Mount Hood, the highest point in Oregon. Gresham has a wide variety of neighborhoods including the Civic Center, known for its active transportation network, rapid transit connections and residential, commercial and retail mix.
In 2009-2010, SCI partnered with the City of Gresham on nine identified city projects, including a revelopment and design plan for the Rockwood neighborhood, programming and potential designs for a new city hall, mixed-use transit-oriented development adjacent to a light rail station, sustainable development recommendations for the Springwater area and city-wide projects related to commercial design standards, housing prices & walkability and climate preparedness. The nine projects involved nearly 350 students in 19 courses across five University of Oregon departments.