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.

Seeing Demographic Shifts, Developers Refocus

Oregonians' neighborhood and housing preferences are changing, and developers are taking notice. After decades of building low-density subdivisions and suburban garden apartments, smart builders are refocusing inside the urban growth boundary.

Walkable Workplace Profile: Standing Tall at Ashland's Standing Stone Brewing

Oregon's brewing industry is renowned. But Ashland's Standing Stone Brewing has received special attention, for its sustainable and local commitment in just about every aspect of its business. We paid a visit in May to find out why.

Walking to Prosperity: New Study Demonstrates Growing Value of Walkable Places

Noted real estate researcher, writer, and developer Christopher Leinberger has co-authored a new Brookings Institution study clearly measuring the significant value of walkability in commercial and residential real estate.

Land Use and Transportation Solutions to Oregon's Obesity Crisis

Thu, 05/17/2012 (All day)

The largely preventable health effects of obesity cost Oregon $1.6 billion every year, and counting. The implications for land use and transportation are clear: when your community’s form doesn’t allow for walking or biking, it’s hard to get enough exercise to stay healthy.

Salem Should Keep Sustainable Fairview Vision Intact

A flawed proposal can sink a whole vision. That's the case in Salem, where a proposed multifamily housing development seeks to sidestep an innovative, sustainable plan that local residents developed several years ago. The proposal will soon go before City Council, and local advocates are urging the Council to stick to the vision already adopted.

Walkable Workplace Profile: A Classic Home for Classic Foods

Jake Greenberg could have moved his Portland specialty food distribution company anywhere after it outgrew its longtime facilities. But where other companies might have chosen a tilt-up warehouse in a freeway office park, Greenberg recognized the hidden costs that held for his employees and the environment. Instead, he chose to renovate and relocate to a long-neglected icehouse in a walkable Portland neighborhood.

Oregon Land Use Key Factor in Success, Says Central Oregon Cycle Tourism Company

As bicycle tourism grows in popularity, Oregon has an advantage: it's much easier to get out of town and traffic, and into gorgeous scenery. In a recent blog post, Bike Around Bend features the story of a new local cycling company, Ride Cycling Tours. The company's founder, Whit Bazemore, cites land use planning as a key factor that will help his business succeed.

Oregon Cities Grow More, Expand Less than National Average

Dave Garlock, 1000 Friends Communication Intern
Thu, 04/05/2012 (All day)

An aerial view of the Urban Growth Boundary in Cornelius, OregonAmerican cities are growing rapidly, and across much of the country this has meant further sprawl. But a look at the most recent U.S.

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