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.

Portland's Sewer Repairs: Evidence that More Extensive Is More Expensive

The Oregonian's Ryan Kost reports on Portland's massive project to replace aging sewers in several of its historic neighborhoods. With a price tag over $150 million, it's a good reminder that it's crucial to consider the long-term costs of infrastructure maintenance and upgrades in growth choices.

Daily Journal of Commerce Highlights 1000 Friends Infrastructure Report

Lee Fehrenbacher
Daily Journal of Commerce
Wed, 01/16/2013 (All day)

The Daily Journal of Commerce has looked into our recent report on the infrastructure challenges facing Oregon communities, and what we can do to save taxpayers money in the long run.

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.

Good Outlook for Downtown Medford

In a pair of articles, the Mail Tribune reports on positive trends for business and liveliness in downtown Medford. After several major employers, including Lithia Motors and Pacific Retirement Services, opened new offices downtown last year, business is picking up.

New 1000 Friends Report Explores the Full Costs of Sprawl

Entitled More Extensive Is More Expensive, our new report explores Oregon's growing fiscal burden from sprawl-related infrastructure. Using examples from around the nation, we suggest a more transparent approach that could savie Oregon communities millions.

Bend Voters Pass Parks Bond

Voters in the Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District took a big step for livability Tuesday, passing a bond that will improve the region's economy and provide residents with more transportation options through new and improved trails and parks.

Metro President Tom Hughes: Transportation Study Shows the Value of Options

Give people transportation options, and people will use them. This makes a whole region's transportation system more effective, writes Metro Council President Tom Hughes in an op-ed published by the Oregonian on November 6.

Phoenix Garners National Praise for Bicycle Program

Being safe and accessible for many transportation options isn't just a possibility for large Oregon cities. The Jackson County town of Phoenix has received an honorable mention as a Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists.

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