My Oregon Story: Wim Wiewel

1000 Friends is excited to welcome Portland State University President Wim Wiewel to our 2013 McCall Society Speaker Series. We asked him to share his Oregon Story.  

Today on the Land Use Trail: Orenco Station

Throughout the year, we'll be featuring stops on our Land Use Trail. Today, October 7: Orenco Station, a transit-oriented community reminds us that public and private sector relationships have the potential to produce innovative, healthy, and successful neighborhoods.

Oregon Values and Beliefs Project Reveals Strong Support for Land Use

Oregonians are maintaining their strong support for protecting farms and forests from sprawl while targeting new development into existing cities and towns. That's the clear message from the Oregon Values and Beliefs Project released October 3.

1000 Friends Supports Community Vision for Portland's Colwood Park

1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner testified September 25 before the Portland City Council in support of a proposal to transform much of the Colwood Golf Course into a park, developed by and for members of the local community.

Azalea Project "On Hold"

One of our biggest threats in the 2013 legislative session was Senate Bill 846, the so-called "Azalea" bill--named for an anonymous industrial project rumored to be considering Oregon, to whom the bill proposed giving over 300 acres of high-quality farmland with little to no public process.

New McMinnville Economic Analysis Revisions Raise More Concerns

After a consultant paid by a shopping center developer made revisions to a draft Economic Oportunities Analysis in McMinnville--revisions that more forcefully stated a "need" for a new regional shopping center--a member of the city's Advisory Committee is crying foul.

Inclusive Housing Means Inclusive Neighborhoods: Our Letter to The Oregonian

A recent study from Harvard and UC Berkeley has raised a lot of concerns about the relationship between sprawl and income mobility. As Paul Krugman summed it up in the New York Times, researchers found that many Americans are effectively "Stranded by Sprawl"--caught in a cycle of high transportation costs, income segregation, and poor health that prevent them from moving up the economic ladder.

New Mixed-Use Development Comes to Downtown Hillsboro

In a recent piece on Metro News, reporter Molly Simas shares impressions and photos from a recent tour of Hillsboro's newest downtown development, a four-story mixed-use development that will bring new life to a lot that has been undeveloped for over a decade.

Wins, Wastes, and What's Next: Recapping the 2013 Legislative Session

Like most legislative sessions, 2013 began and ended with a flurry of activity in Salem. Back in February, over 150 bills – good and bad – were introduced that pertained to land use planning, transportation, housing, agriculture, and other issues that 1000 Friends works on.

Emerging Gem: Land Use Leadership Initiative Tours Portland's Jade District

Our Land Use Leadership Initiative recently took its final tour, a visit to the Jade District of East Portland, centered on SE Division and 82nd Avenue. LULI fellow Aaron Brown reflects on the experience and what it teaches him about neighborhood-led urban renewal.

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