Forbes’ list actually applauds Portland for taking innovative steps in their architecture and city planning, avoiding the “America’s Most Toxic City” label, which was Atlanta’s dubious honor. However, Portland still ranks up there for some of its underlying problems, the biggest of which is simply rapid population growth. Forbes adds that, although they are two very different cities, Portland’s problems have much in common with New York’s, and that perhaps they can help each other. Portland was tenth on the list itself, which took into account four numerical factors: the number of responses the EPA has had to make, the number of facilities releasing toxic chemicals, the pounds of toxic chemicals released, and the air quality ranking for cities. For this last factor, Portland takes 26th place behind Charlotte.
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