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Jason Miner
Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:00pm

Oregon Wineries and Commercial Activity

Over three legislative sessions and in innumerable conversations in Salem from 2011 to 2013, 1000 Friends championed protecting farmland for farming alongside vintners and winemakers. Wine industry leaders worked to define what are and are not acceptable practices on wine lands. People often say the devil is in the details, and some of the most detailed work on this issue has been defining when commercial...

Andrew Riley
Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:10pm

Still Experiencing Stark Disparities

Metro's latest Regional Snapshot makes it clear: the Portland region is growing more diverse every year. Communities of color now make up over a quarter of the metro area's population, but still experience stark disparities.

Although about half of Portland Public Schools students...

1000 Friends Staff and Board
Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:20pm

It's time to double down on their protection

You may already know UGBs are the single most contested aspect of Oregon’s land use planning program. UGBs make Oregon different by giving landowners certainty, shaping our cities and towns, and enabling our agricultural economy to thrive without risk of urban sprawl. Today UGBs face a pressing threat: special interests are claiming they drive up housing costs.

This false claim holds...

Tim Kerkhove and Elise Nelson
Wed, 06/29/2016 - 11:30am

The Gerhardt and DukeEngage Interns are here

1000 Friends of Oregon is pleased to introduce our summer interns. If these two are any indication of our future leaders, we will all be better for it.

Tim Kerkhove - 2016 Gerhardt Intern

I am 20 years old and from Omaha, Nebraska. I will be entering my third year at Iowa State University in the fall double majoring in Global Resource Systems as well as Community and Regional...

Madeline Kovacs
Wed, 06/29/2016 - 12:10pm

Yes in my Back Yard is gaining steam

Earlier this month, Portland for Everyone staff attended the first ever “YIMBY” (Yes in My Backyard!) conference, convened in Boulder, Colorado. YIMBY groups are popping up across the country in response to mounting housing shortages, resulting in insufficient housing supply and...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Thu, 05/26/2016 - 5:00pm

A tale of two studies

The American West is vastly changing; disappearing to human activity – primarily urban...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Thu, 05/26/2016 - 5:20pm

Why we don't need a freeway through farmland

The Westside Bypass Freeway was a dinosaur in the early 90s, when regional leaders wisely determined that transportation dollars could be better spent to move more people and freight by investing in transit, a grid street pattern, bicycling facilities, and walkable communities.  Instead of building an oversized and costly freeway through some of the world’s most valuable farm land, Washington County and Metro successfully implemented a more efficient, cost-effective, and integrated transportation and land use system.

Study after study shows that adding freeway...

Sadie Carney
Tue, 05/17/2016 (All day)
Land Conservation and Development Commission

Julia McKenna started work as a Hatfield Fellow with the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) in August, 2015, focused on housing. Energy behind the topic grew through the course of the 2016 legislative session, with at least eight bills and countless hours of testimony responding to housing challenges from every part of Oregon getting attention at the capitol. “Housing has become part of our everyday conversation in state agencies,” says DLCD Director Jim Rue, “it’s everywhere.”

As the fellowship concludes, McKenna will deliver a...