Our Opinion: Portland residents must embrace density

A graphic in the new Housing Affordability report shows the region is lagging behind the nation in new housing starts.

The problems of homelessness and housing affordability are obvious to anyone who travels the many roads lined with makeshift dwellings or who experiences the sticker shock of a two-bedroom house or studio apartment.

So, it's worth noting that these issues used to be far down the list of things that Portlanders and Oregonians were most concerned about. Over the past few decades, education and the economy have typically been the top issues in Oregon.