The Livability List: Social Media Highlights, April 4-18

It's sometimes hard to keep up with all the news in land use and livability. On Twitter and Facebook, 1000 Friends strives to keep you informed about what matters. But don't worry if you miss something along the way--our Livability List recaps some of our recent social media highlights.

To hear the news as it happens, be sure to follow us on Twitter or "Like" our Facebook page. And invite your friends or coworkers to join us, too!

This comprehensive list of the many, diverse benefits of walkable communities comes to us from WalkBoston, via Kaid Benfield’s blog at the NRDC.

The Sustainable Cities Collective summarized a report that shows that walkability and access to parks are closely linked to childhood obesity.

34 or Oregon’s 36 counties saw agricultural growth, and the state’s agricultural sector grew 19% to a record of $5.2 billion in 2011.  We broke down the numbers.

According to Atlantic Cities’ Nate Berg, many American cities are expanding rapidly as their populations grow. We looked into the Census data, and found that Oregon cities are growing at a greater rate than the national average, but expanding only half as rapidly.

USA Today wrote that “America’s Romance with Sprawl May be Over,” revealing how recent Census figures show a remarkable stalling of population growth in outer suburban and exurban counties.

Young people are driving less, and walking, biking and taking transit more, according to a new study released by the OSPIRG Foundation.

Traffic expert Tom Vanderbilt wrote an in-depth four-part series on Slate on the subject of walking, starting with a discussion on the world “pedestrian” in the “Crisis in American Walking,” and concluding by exploring the role of street design in encouraing or discouraging walking, in “Learning to Walk.

We had a great evening with Governor Barbara Roberts, who discussed her roots, her political campaigns, and her fights for the land use system at a McCall Society Speaker Series event on April 10 in Portland.  You can read more about it and see our photos here.