Ethan Seltzer

Ethan Seltzer Ethan Seltzer currently serves as the Director of and a Professor in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. From September, 1992, through August, 2003, he was the founding director of Portland State's Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies. Prior to joining Portland State University, he was the Land Use Supervisor for Metro, the regional government in the Portland area, and prior to that served as an Assistant to Portland City Commissioner Mike Lindberg. He received his doctorate in City and Regional Planning in 1983 from the University of Pennsylvania. Current scholarly interests include Cascadia, regional planning, regional development, and community building at a regional scale. He has been a resident of the Portland metropolitan area since 1980.

Recent Commentary

By Ethan Seltzer.
Cascadia, the megaregion located in the upper left corner of the United States and crossing the border into southwestern Canada, has long been known as a place of mountains, trees, and fish.  This association with the landscape has led us to propose viewing this megaregion not as a megalopolis in the making, but as an ecolopolis: networked metropolitan areas separated by working and wild landscapes.  It's a reflection of our brand, really of our aspirations, both at the local and state/provincial scales.