Daily Astorian Editorial: Protect Planning's Integrity, Reject Senate Bill 845

A strong April 11 editorial in the Daily Astorian urges lawmakers: don't usurp the integrity of Oregon planning for a single company's location preferences. 

Funding Restored for Southeast 136th Avenue Sidewalks in Portland

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has announced that he intends to restore funding for a sidewalk project on Southeast 136th Avenue in Portland, after a young girl's death in the area.

1000 Friends Joins Broad Group of Leaders Calling for Secure Active Transportation Funding

Creating safe, efficient, and accessible networks for walking, biking, and transit is vital for Oregon's future. 1000 Friends has worked with a coalition of community leaders to call on legislators to provide a secure source of funding for these underfunded modes.

1000 Friends and Oregon Walks in the Oregonian: Time for Safer Streets in Portland

​The Portland Bureau of Transportation's director has proposed removing funding for some sidewalk and curb-cut projects in order to address a backlog in street maintenance.

Lane County Trash Fee Could Pay for Costly Goshen Industrial Scheme

Lane County leaders intending to build an industrial campus in the community of Goshen need millions to make up for the lack of infrastructure there. Although they've promised industrial users would pay, a new proposal would put residences and businesses on the hook when they take out the garbage.

Safer Streets for Everyone: 1000 Friends Co-Signs Letter to Portland Mayor Hales and City Council

Safe streets for walking are a critical concern for all Oregonians. Recent tragedies in Portland, along with difficult funding choices, have put this issue in stark relief.

House Bills Would Protect Prime Farmland from Destructive Gravel Mining

1000 Friends is supporting two bills to be considered by the House Land Use Committee on Tuesday, February 26. Both bills would limit the impact of gravel and other aggregate mining on Oregon's irreplaceable high-quality farmland.

Oregon Legislature to Offer Workshop On State Government

Oregon's governance depends on public involvement--whether it's on land use or health care. But the legislative process can seem complex and intimidating. To combat this perception, legislative staff have scheduled a  "Citizen's Guide to the Legislature" workshop for Monday, Feburary 18.

Building a Bridge on Bad Data? 1000 Friends Urges Reconsideration of Salem River Crossing

In Salem, leaders are soon to make a choice about whether to build the Salem River Crossing across the Willamette River, a massive project that could cost more than $800 million. Supporters say the bridge is needed to handle projected traffic and population growth in Polk and Marion counties. But new data show that these assumptions may be incorrect.

Mia Nelson in Register-Guard: Sift Through Rhetoric About Eugene Bus Rapid Transit

Eugene City Councilors will soon decide whether to proceed with an extension of the successful EmX bus rapid transit system. In an op-ed for the Register-Guard, our Willamette Valley Advocate explains why it's important to think very carefully about the decision's potential impact.

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