Land Use and Transportation Solutions to Oregon's Obesity Crisis

Thu, 05/17/2012 (All day)

The largely preventable health effects of obesity cost Oregon $1.6 billion every year, and counting. The implications for land use and transportation are clear: when your community’s form doesn’t allow for walking or biking, it’s hard to get enough exercise to stay healthy.

Oregon Farms See Record Sales in 2011

An unprecendented year in Oregon farming, ranching and fisheries gives the entire state reason to celebrate. 34 of 36 counties saw growth in farm sales, as the state's producers hit a record $5.2 billion in sales. More remarkably, 31 Oregon counties saw double-digit growth in agricultural sales. Once again, the Oregon agricultural industry proves its contributions to the Oregon economy can't be doubted, and shouldn't be compromised.

Simple Math: Investing in Downtowns Creates More Value

Emily Badger
Atlantic Cities
Fri, 03/30/2012 (All day)

The more you consider the math, the more it's obvious: investing in downtowns and existing neighborhoods isn't just an expression of values, it's a creator of value. It's value that stays in the community and is reinvested again and again.

This is true for urban and suburban cities, and small towns across Oregon:

Report: Active Transportation Is a Priority for Rural Areas, Too

By Dave Garlock, 1000 Friends Communication Intern

There is a common misconception that only residents of big cities bike and walk, and therefore active transportation investments are not well-suited to rural areas. A new report from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy tells a different story.  

Assessing the Long-Term Value of Oregon Farmland

Craig Beebe

A study released this week by the Oregon Department of Agriculture explores the long-range, multifacted value of farmland in the state, which transcends the short-term profits that result from developing such lands.

"Aging in Place": Report Considers How To Make Better Communities for Seniors

Dave Garlock, 1000 Friends Communication Intern

As America's and Oregon's population ages, the challenge of meeting seniors' needs for their communities and homes is of increasing concern to planners and policymakers. One recent study, however, suggests that we should begin by reinvesting in transportation and housing in the places where seniors (and future seniors) already live.

Three Articles Consider the Changing Shape of Communities

Dave Garlock, 1000 Friends Communication Intern

Recently the shape our communities will take in the coming years, specifically in the suburbs, has been a hot topic in the media. Three interesting articles recently crossed our desks, discussing how things can change for the better.

Draft Portland Plan Released To Public

By Dave Garlock, Communications Intern
 
The Portland Plan, a draft of which was released on October 17th for public review, envisions a equitable, healthy, prosperous and educated Portland in the year 2035.

Strong Towns "Curbside Chat" Report Calls For New Development Paradigm

Strong Towns, a Minnesota-based nonprofit which seeks to help communities large and small find a sustainable development model, has published an intriguing report that unflinchingly assess the costs of the model of suburban development to municipal governments, and proposes bold ideas for communities' future.

Study Shows How Local Businesses Support Meaningful Local Livelihoods

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have demonstrated the clear connection between small, locally-owned businesses and sustainable local livelihoods and economies. The study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, examined a range of U.S. counties from 2000 to 2007, finding a strong positive correlation between the presence of small, locally-owned businesses and per capita income. Such positive correlations, the researchers found, do not extend as significantly to larger outside employers and businesses like big-box stores.

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