Sightline Report: Northwest Gas Consumption Hits Historic Lows

A new report finds Northwesterners are using gasoline at rates not seen since the 1960s, as per-capita vehicle travel plateaued in the 1990s, vehicle efficiency has improved, and younger residents are less interested in driving especially.

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Oregon Land Use Program Is "What Works" in Government

An award-winning magazine describes Oregon's innovative land use planning program as the country's foremost model for achieving a balance of high-quality communities and thriving rural resource lands.

Economic Impact of Oregon Farmers Markets Continues Growth

After the USDA released impressive new statistics last week demonstrating a nearly 10 percent increase in national farmers markets, the Oregonian digs into what the numbers mean for Oregon. Unsurprisingly, we are a national leader in local consumers supporting local produce, and the impact is growing.

"City Vitals" Study: Not Quite "Portlandia," but Portland Region Is Impressive

Well, the numbers are in, and of 51 metropolitan areas in the United States, the Portland region ranks… #50! In greenhouse gas emissions per capita, that is.

That ranking comes from the new City Vitals 2.0 report, released this week by CEOs for Cities.

State Lines, Stark Contrasts: Report Charts Rural Sprawl in Greater Portland

A new report from Sightline Institute explores the spread and prevalence of rural sprawl in the Portland region. The conclusion: clear evidence of the impact of wise land use planning, with rural sprawl far more widespread in Clark County, Washington, than in Oregon's share of the metro region.

The Transit Disconnect Between Jobs and Workers

Dave Garlock, Communications Intern
Fri, 07/13/2012 (All day)

Most jobs are located near transit, but most people can't easily take transit to those jobs. This is the finding of a new Brookings Institution study of the U.S.'s 100 largest metro regions.

More Walkable Neighborhoods Are Better for Home Values, Study Finds

A study coauthored by University of Washington researchers has found that when neighborhood are more walkable and have a more diverse mix of housing types, local property values rise. The benefits are shared across housing types.

The American Dream Is Changing. Is Your Community?

New York Times architecture columnist Allison Arieff has a clear message for those that continue to promote sprawl: The American Dream is changing. Communities and businesses that realize this will reap the rewards of changing alongside it. Those that don’t will be left behind.

Vast Majority of Americans Report Support for Planning

A substantial majority of Americans believe good planning is essential to help their communities through the economic recovery.  And their priorities for their communities' future include access to local businesses, sidewalks, transit, and parks above other features.

Walking to Prosperity: New Study Demonstrates Growing Value of Walkable Places

Noted real estate researcher, writer, and developer Christopher Leinberger has co-authored a new Brookings Institution study clearly measuring the significant value of walkability in commercial and residential real estate.

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