56th Conference in Portland

56th IMCL Conference

A Healthy City for ALL

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Designing A Healthy City for ALL

June 17-21, 2019
Sentinel Hotel, Portland, OR

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We are delighted to welcome delegates to the 56thInternational Making Cities Livable Conference to Portland, and thrilled by the conference theme, “A Healthy City for ALL.” This is an effort close to the heart of all Portlanders as we introduce strategies to make our neighborhoods healthier places to live, as we expand our programming to continue to produce housing units and to compassionately address homelessness. 

These challenges must be resolved through bold measures if we are to slow ever- increasing health inequities that accompany growing economic inequities. We look forward to sharing our efforts to address these issues, and to learning from the outstanding achievements of other cities presenting at this conference.

We hope you will have a great time in this city that we love. Enjoy our green and walkable streets; our forests, parks, and river. Explore our unique neighborhoods and take advantage of our local craft beers, produce, and excellent restaurants. And while you are here, we hope you will visit the mountains, coast and waterfalls that are all just a few hours away by car.

Welcome to Portland and to the 56thIMCL Conference. Let’s learn from each other how best to make our cities healthy—for ALL.

Mayor Ted Wheeler
City of Portland

Welcome to 56thIMCL conference in Portland

On behalf of my colleagues at Metro, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 56th International Making Cities Livable Conference, held here in the Rose City. This year’s theme of “Designing a Healthy City for All” is one that I hold especially dear. As greater Portland’s directly elected regional government, and as a metropolitan planning organization, we truly strive to achieve this goal.

Portland has consistently been noted as one of the most livable cities in our country with its walkable communities, efficient bus, streetcar, and light rail systems, as well as strategic integration of natural spaces in urbanized areas. However, as we experience continued growth, crafting a healthy community requires overcoming a variety of challenges. By focusing development on our region’s transportation system, expanding our parks and nature efforts, and addressing the gaps in housing affordability, we hope to proactively address these challenges as they arise and to improve upon our region’s existing livability. We look forward to learning from the various cities and regions attending the conference. With continued effort and collaboration, we can create a safer, more accessible, sustainable, and equitable living environment – together.

I welcome you to explore the great culture, exquisite natural beauty, and various culinary opportunities available here during your stay in Portland. From eating at our infamous food cart pods, to strolling through the beautiful International Rose Test Garden, or hiking in our forests and mountains, we are sure you will find your stay an exciting and enjoyable experience.

Thank you as well to all of the organizers of this event and to all of you who are attending to teach and learn. Welcome again and have a great conference.


Lynn Peterson
Metro Council President

Welcome to the 56thIMCL Conference on “A Healthy City for ALL”!

We rejoice that many cities now are becoming more healthy, by making great improvements in walkability, bikeability, public transit, and access to community, nature and healthy food. We will hear from some of the best models around the world. 

Architecture, planning, urban design and landscape architecture firms are refining designs for achieving these goals in different geographic and cultural contexts. Public health and planning departments are collaborating to develop healthy planning guidelines, health impact assessments, and neighborhood health inventories. We will hear about outstanding models all cities can adopt.

Interdisciplinary researchers will tell us about expanding knowledge of the effects of the built environment on the health of humans and the earth. And scholars and academics will share new ways to teach these principles and practices for healthy cities to the next generation.

The BIG challenge that we all face is that these goals are not reaching the population groups most in need. The poorest neighborhoods suffer the greatest health problems. They are less walkable or bikeable, with insufficient public transit, fewer trees, green spaces, and community spaces, poor access to healthy food, and more exposure to pollutants. The resultant chronic illnesses compromise children’s learning ability, reduce adults’ work capacity, and shorten lives. We will hear from cities that are tackling these problems head on with outstanding programs for equitable, healthy neighborhoods.

Moreover, as real estate becomes increasingly commodified, with housing seen as an investment rather than a home, many cities are facing an unprecedented housing affordability crisis that affects all city residents, but especially people of color and low income groups. In the search for affordability, neighborhoods are being gentrified, forcing displacement, destroying community, and rapidly increasing homelessness. This cannot continue! We will hear from leading cities that are introducing innovative strategies to rein in housing commodification, and end homelessness!

Join us at this immensely important meeting in Portland to share your experience and learn more ways to achieve A Healthy City for ALL!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard, Ph.D.(Arch.)
Co-founder & Director, IMCL Conference


You will want to plan a few days before or after the conference to visit Portland, the American city we feel most exemplifies IMCL principles.

Conference Hotels

The Sentinel Hotel

The Conference will take place at the Sentinel Hotel, at 614 SW 11th Avenue. The hotel consists of two fine historic buildings, one of which, with its magnificent renaissance style ballrooms and meeting rooms, was originally built for the Elks Club. It is a luxury hotel with the excellent bar and restaurant, Jake’s Grill, and a ‘50s retro-style bar/eating place, Jackknife. High speed internet is available in all rooms and public spaces. This is a no smoking hotel.

The hotel is downtown, at the crossing point of the MAX light rail line from the airport, and between the streetcar lines on SW 10th and 11th Avenues.

Please call reservations at 888-246-5631 and mention that you are with the “56th International Making Cities Livable Conference” to receive the conference rates. Rates begin at $249. You may also book online using the following booking link:  56thInternational Making Cities Livable Conference - Sentinel

Reservations should be made as soon as possible to ensure availability, and definitely before Friday, May 17th to receive the group rate. For reservation assistance or any special requests, please contact Katie Gallagher, Area Sales Coordinator at (503) 241-2131 or katie.gallagher@provenancehotels.com


The Dossier Hotel

The Dossier Hotel, 750 SW Alder Street  (one block east of the Sentinel Hotel) is also holding a block of special rate rooms for Making Cities Livable participants beginning at $239. The Opal Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and boasts a well-stocked bar. High speed internet is available in all rooms and public spaces. This is a no smoking hotel. To obtain the group rate, please make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure availability, and definitely before May 17th.

To reserve by phone, please call 1-877-628-4408, mentioning the "56th International Making Cities Livable Conference" to receive the group rate, which begins at $239. You may also book online using the following booking link:  56thInternational Making Cities Livable Conference - Dossier

For reservation assistance or any special requests, please contact Katie Gallagher, Area Sales Coordinator at (503) 241-2131 or katie.gallagher@provenancehotels.com

Arriving in Portland by air

MAX Light rail:
If you fly to Portland International Airport (PDX) you can catch the MAX light rail, which runs every 15-20 minutes. The MAX station and ticket machines (fare $2.50) are located near baggage claim on the lower level. In 40 minutes, MAX will take you to within one block of the Sentinel Hotel (Galleria/SW 10th), where you walk west one block on SW Morrison and turn right on 11th. For the Dossier Hotel walk one block north and turn right on SW Alder. The last train departs PDX at 11:49 p.m., daily.

A taxi will take about 25 minutes (fare approx $38).

Airport Shuttle:
There is also an excellent door to door bus shuttle from the airport called Blue Star. This runs every 30 minutes from the 2nd island in front of the baggage claim, and will take you to the address you specify. The price is $14 one way, $24 return. On your arrival you can simply turn up at the stop and pay on board. For your return you need to call ahead - 1-800-247-2272 - to schedule a pickup. 


Arriving in Portland by Train:

Amtrak Cascades trains connect 18 cities along the I-5 corridor including Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, BC, and Eugene, Oregon. There are four daily round trips between Portland and Seattle ($35, $45), and two trains per day to Vancouver, BC ($84) and Eugene. Reservations are required. This is a great way to travel if you want to be able to walk around, get refreshment, and access Wi-Fi. For more information click here.


Arriving in Portland by Coach:

BoltBus is a low-cost intercity bus service that features Wi-Fi, reserved seating, plug-ins and extra leg room in addition to its bargain fares. Every trip, one seat is sold at random for just $1, while the rest are usually around $25. Bolt Bus travels between Portland and Seattle, Bellingham, Wash., Vancouver, B.C., as well as recently added Oregon cities Albany and Eugene. BoltBus runs 6 coaches per day between Seattle and Portland. The trip takes 2 hours 15 minutes.

In Portland, BoltBus picks people up downtown from its stop at Northwest Everett Street and Northwest Eighth Avenue. For more information, click here.