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Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 04/27/2016 - 2:35pm

1000 Friends of Oregon’s Cooperating Attorneys Program (CAP) was created in 1982 by former staff attorney and Executive Director Robert Liberty.  The purpose of the CAP program is to augment the legal capacity of the staff attorneys, by providing more legal resources to individuals and the land use program.  The success of this program depends on the many...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:15am

Last month, Oregonians in Action proposed a language change for statewide documents. The opponent to Oregon's statewide Urban Growth Boundary rules has proposed that whenever Urban Growth Boundaries (UGBs) are mentioned in...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:40pm

A new study has come out looking at land use and its relationship with income segregation. There have been previous studies that link zoning and land use laws to racial segregation, and it turns out that these laws can have a similar, stratifying...

Alyson Marchi-Young and Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:55pm

Of late, we are finding a growing contingent of special interests who would like to see urban growth boundaries dismantled – this time as a means of addressing housing...

Michael C. Lens & Paavo Monkkonen
Tue, 03/29/2016 (All day)
Journal of the American Planning Association


Problem, research strategy, and findings: Income segregation has risen in each of the last four decades in U.S. metropolitan areas, which can have lifelong impacts on the health, economic productivity, and behaviors of residents. Although it is widely assumed that local land use regulations—such as minimum lot sizes and growth controls—exclude low-income households from wealthier neighborhoods, the empirical research is...
Mary Kyle McCurdy and Greg Holmes
Thu, 02/25/2016 - 3:00pm

Takeaways and Tools

The 15th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference was held in Portland from February 11-13, 2016.  1000 Friends staff and Board members played key roles in organizing and presenting in several of the conference workshops, trainings, and tours.  The NPSG conference exists to integrate issues of smart growth, health, equity, environment, active transportation, climate change, affordable housing, cultural resources, and more.  It brings together non-profit groups and elected officials; professionals in many fields; realtors, developers, bankers; advocates for...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 01/27/2016 (All day)

It's time for inclusionary zoning, a healthy climate, and affordable housing for all Oregonians

Legislative Update: February 24, 2016

1000 Friends and a diverse coalition went into the 2016 Oregon legislative session supporting an affordable housing bill on inclusionary zoning that would benefit low and moderate income Oregonians.  Goal 10 of Oregon’s land use planning program requires all cities to ensure they have land –inside their UGBs – zoned to meet the housing needs of all.  Unfortunately, that bill, SB 1533, has been loaded up with conditions and...

Pam Phan
Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:00pm

Seattle shares lessons learned with Portlanders combating displacement and gentrification

1000 Friends hosted Community Development Manager Nora Liu, from Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development and Ryan Curren, Former Program Manager of Seattle’s Office of Housing for an informal conversation about how to include anti-displacement and affordability in city planning. Anti-Displacement PDX (ADPDX) Coalition Members joined us to have an illuminating conversation. Seattle staff were just as curious about how ADPDX has been able to gain...