Field Trip Pilot Project, "Loving Oregon Summer"

by Kathy Wilson, 1000 Friends Intern & Masters in Urban and Regional Planning Candidate

This summer 1000 Friends piloted a field trip series to give members and the interested public opportunities to learn about land use planning and policy issues around Portland-Metro. Field trips visited agricultural communities like Helvetia, French Prairie, and the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program, and investigated brownfields in urban Portland, as well as equity in East Portland. (A final “Ghost Freeways” walking tour is scheduled for October 16.

The People's Coast: Reflections from our DukeEngage Intern

Victoria Lim, an intern from Duke University, visited the Oregon Coast for the first time on a service project in July 2014. She shares her reaction in this reflection:


Fog. Chilly Winds. Rain.

Video: What's Your Oregon Story?

Every Oregonian has a unique Oregon Story--how you came here, what you think is outstanding about this place. We asked guests at our 2014 Tom McCall Gala to share their own Oregon Stories. In this video, we share some of our favorite moments. (See photos from the McCall Gala here.)

Three Voices, One Compass: Meet Our McCall Gala Speakers

Join us next Friday, June 20, for the 2014 McCall Gala. Come to connect and commit to Oregon's future. Meet Emerging Advocates and hear from three standout Oregon innovators.

Meet our 2014 Tom McCall Gala speakers:

Summer Is Coming. Explore With Us.

Land use is your community, your home, your street. It's where your food comes from and how you get where you're going. It's a place of possibility, if you know what to look for. This summer, we'd like to take you out to see land use in action, with our new line-up of field trips! "Want to breathe new life into your city? Build a fence around it."

Nathanel Johnson
Tue, 05/06/2014 (All day), a national blog devoted to "getting people talking, thinking, and taking action", takes a look at how sharpening the edge of Portland's region helped revive the city's core in a fascinating piece.

VIDEO: "Conserving Oregon's Environment": A Talk with Michael McCloskey

From bottles and beaches, to protecting farmland and forests, Oregon's environmental legacy speaks volumes. On April 17 in Salem, Mike McCloskey, a former executive director of the Sierra Club, spoke about his new book on that legacy as part of our McCall Society Speaker Series. 

Photo Essay: One Thing We Know About 2064

It is extraordinarily hard to predict the future. When we look 50 years ahead to what the Portland region will look like, can we realistically expect to recognize any of the things we see today? Well, actually, we believe the answer is yes. Our new photo essay explains why.

Op-Ed: Land Use Still Works

"Farmers can farm, and builders can build," writes 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner. "Each plays a vital role in Oregon's future." Read his op-ed published recently by the Portland Tribune, Hillsboro Tribune, and Newberg Graphic.

Photo Essay: A Shared State

What do you share? After Airbnb's recent declaration of Portland as a "Shared City", we got to thinking: what does "sharing" mean when it comes to a place? Ultimately, Oregon promises something much bigger. We are a "Shared State." 

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