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4-district map I created utilizing the Districtr software from MGGG.

Immediately the town launched the names of 13 Portlanders who will probably be thought-about for appointment to the Unbiased District Fee (IDC), a physique tasked with establishing the geographic boundaries for future Metropolis Council districts.

The IDC was a part of the town constitution reform overwhelmingly permitted by voters final November. As stipulated by the reform, the candidates have been chosen by the Mayor and will probably be formally appointed by the Metropolis Council on January twenty fifth. Right here’s the listing:

  • Amanda Manjarrez
  • Arlene Kimura
  • David Michael Siegel
  • DaWayne Judd
  • Edie Van Ness
  • Joshua Laurente
  • Kari Chisholm
  • Lamar Smart
  • Melody Valdini
  • Neisha Saxena
  • Paul Lumley
  • Sharon VanSickle-Robbins
  • Steve Fleischman

Of the almost 300 purposes for the positions, Mayor Wheeler acknowledged that, “We obtained phenomenal purposes from so many wanting to have interaction fellow Portlanders and create districts by which all residents really feel represented of their metropolis authorities. We see and are relying on the continued momentum to alter our Metropolis’s future.”

The IDC faces a September 1, 2023 deadline for adoption of a districting plan.

The constitution reform has robust guard rails to guard the IDC from the temptation to gerrymander:

The Unbiased Districting Fee would be certain that every district, as almost as practicable, could be contiguous (one related piece), make the most of current geographic or political boundaries, not divide communities of widespread curiosity, be related by transportation hyperlinks, and be of equal inhabitants.

The equal inhabitants requirement presents an apparent problem due to the Willamette River— a geographic barrier which throws a curve at contiguity. The issue is that lower than 1 / 4 of the town’s inhabitants lives west of the river. Which means that a small portion of the east facet have to be included in a majority west facet district to reach on the required “equal inhabitants” of 25%.

This isn’t a shock, and doable boundaries accommodating this have been floated final 12 months. All of them contain taking a neighborhood alongside the east facet of the river and connecting it to the western district.

Portland precincts seen as base layer on the Districtr software.

Should you assume you are able to do higher, contemplate enjoying together with the Districtr software, from the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG). It permits you to compose districts by choosing Portland neighborhoods from a map and helpfully retains a working tally of the inhabitants depend so that you don’t go overboard.

As we transfer nearer to implementing a four-district metropolis council, I’m anticipating to see extra maps just like the one Roger Geller offered to the Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Share of Deliberate Bikeways Constructed. Metropolis councilors will wish to know what belongings are coming to the district they’ve been elected to symbolize. Meaning extra information offered geographically, by district.

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