“The Cascadia mega-region, connecting Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia, has enjoyed incredible success over recent decades. Now home to over 9 million people, Cascadia has become synonymous with our natural beauty and spirit of innovation. This growth has come with corresponding challenges, and, as a result, the way of life and natural beauty that define our mega-region are under threat. A lack of affordable housing, crippling traffic congestion, and unacceptable greenhouse gas emissions are re-shaping life in many mega-regions, including Cascadia. Addressing these challenges begins with re-imagining the mega-region of the future: embracing growth while protecting the environment and providing affordable housing, good jobs, and efficient commutes.
“With the goals of focusing attention, stimulating debate, and inspiring action, CASCADIA VISION 2050: How the Cascadia Innovation Corridor can serve as a global model for sustainable growth outlines one such idea: a path forward that leverages high-speed transit to connect our existing urban centers to expanded hub cities with good jobs, affordable housing, and world-class culture.”