August Oregon Stories: Making Density Work, Stateline Lessons, and Land Use Is: Your Plate

Our Oregon Stories e-newsletter for August features new perspectives on quite a few things. From the attributes of good density, to the byways of eastern Oregon, to a renewed awareness of the importance of Oregon agriculture to the economy and what we eat.

"City Vitals" Study: Not Quite "Portlandia," but Portland Region Is Impressive

Well, the numbers are in, and of 51 metropolitan areas in the United States, the Portland region ranks… #50! In greenhouse gas emissions per capita, that is.

That ranking comes from the new City Vitals 2.0 report, released this week by CEOs for Cities.

The Transit Disconnect Between Jobs and Workers

Dave Garlock, Communications Intern
Fri, 07/13/2012 (All day)

Most jobs are located near transit, but most people can't easily take transit to those jobs. This is the finding of a new Brookings Institution study of the U.S.'s 100 largest metro regions.

Proposed Cully Park Will Create a Regional Gathering Place

Urban parks contribute to our quality of life. As centers of recreational play and personal enjoyment, urban parks or green spaces also provide refuge from city life and a place to reconnect with nature. Cully Park, a proposed 25-acre park at NE 75th and Killingsworth will create highly needed green space for neighbors and residents of the city at large.

Dr. Richard Jackson's Message to Oregon

Tue, 07/10/2012 (All day)

Public health expert Dr. RIchard Jackson toured Oregon last month, giving talks co-sponsored by 100 Friends to 650 people in nine cities. He delivered a clear message: we are in the middle of a public health crisis that's rooted in the way we build our communities, and we need to take action. 

Roseburg News-Review: Roseburg's Health Depends On Better Walkability

Roseburg News-Review
Wed, 06/27/2012 (All day)

After a visit from UCLA public health expert Dr. Richard Jackson last week, which was co-sponsored by 1000 Friends, the local paper has issued a strong editorial calling on local leaders to continue efforts to make Roseburg healthier by making it more walkable, and calling on residents to make healthy choices.

The News-Review editorial writes: 

More Walkable Neighborhoods Are Better for Home Values, Study Finds

A study coauthored by University of Washington researchers has found that when neighborhood are more walkable and have a more diverse mix of housing types, local property values rise. The benefits are shared across housing types.

Exploring Affordable Housing in NW Portland

Craig Beebe
Tue, 06/26/2012 (All day)

Land Use Leadership Initiative participants explore affordable housing policy and developments

The American Dream Is Changing. Is Your Community?

New York Times architecture columnist Allison Arieff has a clear message for those that continue to promote sprawl: The American Dream is changing. Communities and businesses that realize this will reap the rewards of changing alongside it. Those that don’t will be left behind.

Vast Majority of Americans Report Support for Planning

A substantial majority of Americans believe good planning is essential to help their communities through the economic recovery.  And their priorities for their communities' future include access to local businesses, sidewalks, transit, and parks above other features.

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