The Brookings Institution recently released its long-awaited, gigantic report on the State of Metropolitan America. Go check it out. Also check out The Urbanophile's preliminary take on Brookings' findings, in particular their new classification of metros. (Portland is part of the "New Heartland", along with other cities such as Salt Lake, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Columbus OH, Nashville, and Richmond--and is the only West Coast city with that designation).