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.

LULI Meets the UGB: Reflections from a "Farm Kid" Now Living in the City

Our Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) took a tour of the Portland Metro region's Urban Growth Boundary in Washington County on Thursday, February 21. 

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.

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.

Setting the Record Straight on Newberg's UGB Proposal

As the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners considers a flawed urban growth boundary proposal doggedly pursued by the City of Newberg, 1000 Friends' Mia Nelson tells the Newberg Graphic why the City is taking the wrong course.

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.

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.

Oregon Cities Making Progress Toward "Complete Communities", Report Finds

Once again Oregon communities are receiving high praise from a national source. This time it’s a new report from Reconnecting America, examining American communities’ progress toward creating “complete communities.”

Jason Miner in the Oregonian: Let's Discuss Real Options for Portland's Parking Debate

As Portland grows, parking has become a hot topic in neighborhoods where new apartments are being built. In an op-ed published by the Oregonian on September 26, our Executive Director explains why the debate needs to consider workable solutions, instead of a dichotomy between parking or no parking.

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