Residents say Portland’s livability dropping

City Auditor's 2016 Community Survey

A house for sale in Portland, April 25, 2016 (KOIN)
A house for sale in Portland, April 25, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland residents’ rating of city livability has dropped to a new low, according to the 2016 Community Survey conducted by the City Auditor.

In historically low percentages, only 40% of survey participants rated the city’s overall delivery of services as good or very good. Only 23% rated overall street maintenance as good or very good, and only 20% rated opportunities to influence city government as good or very good.

But participation in the city’s parks programs is up from previous years.

Overall, residents continued to report a construction boom and a decline in housing affordability. Residents also reported more traffic at all times of the day.

“We found some historic and new lows,” Drummond Kahn with the City Auditor’s Office said. “With that comes residents’ concerns on housing affordability, availability of parking on the streets near their house or business they are trying to visit.”

Kahn said the city is working to fund and maintain street improvement issues.

Residents who took the survey were happy with public services provided by fire and police departments. They also feel safe in their neighborhoods, but not downtown.

“Residents are concerned about safety during the day, safety downtown at night and a declining rate of their feeling of downtown as a place to play, work and live,” Kahn said.

You can read the full report and see the survey form here.