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Jason Miner

If you are taking off in July or August, three books hitting the shelves this summer may give you a deeper appreciation for the work of land use planning in Oregon.
 
First, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck revisits the trail, navigating it in a covered wagon. Whether your family came in a prairie schooner or watched the prairie schooners arrive, the book is a modern journey that casts light on the history of the trail. Perhaps the struggle that...

Sam Diaz

This month, 1000 Friends of Oregon’s turns its attention to Washington County. Sam Diaz, Community Engagement Coordinator, sat down with Jenny Cadigan, Executive Director of Westside Transportation Alliance and Rae-Leigh Stark, Program Manager, to chat about Commove...

Pam Phan

Since January, 1000 Friends of Oregon has been working with a growing number of community based organizations, housing, public health, and equity advocates to ask ‘how will Portland develop in the next 20 years? Who gets to call Portland home in the future?’ This ad hoc coalition advocates to include anti-displacement tools that will help make Portland neighborhoods stable, especially for those, as Portland grows, living in the city and who bear the brunt of the loss of affordable choices. 

On Tuesday, June 23, 2015 more than 40 coalition supporters turned out to...

Jason Miner

Today was another busy day in Salem – we're excited to share three legislative updates with you: 

  • SCR 17, a resolution honoring Hector Macpherson Jr., passed the Senate this morning. No person did more to defend Oregon's farmland and foodsheds than Hector. He was the voice for agriculture during the...
Karli Petrovic

When it comes to building a compact, affordable city, the sticking point often tends to center on aesthetics. Sure, “density” is somewhat of a dirty word, but the dirtiest phrase is often “high-rise apartment building.” Many a neighborhood group has organized around banning this development option in their communities.

So how do we accommodate families of all income levels without lamenting the loss of a charming neighborhood? Enter Eli Spevak of Orange Splot, LLC, who has been working to make small houses and shared...

Karli Petrovic

As the Oregon Senate considers the bill to repeal the ban on inclusionary zoning—a housing tool that helps local jurisdictions provide affordable housing options in their communities—it’s important to celebrate the 34-25 vote in the House of Representatives and the groups that helped the bill pass. One of these groups was the Hood River Valley Residents’ Committee. HRVRC, a 1000 Friends of Oregon affiliate group, was particularly effective in organizing and getting the city council to pass a resolution in support of HB 2564. HRVRC executive director Heather Staten...

Karli Petrovic

As Oregon continues to weather an affordability crisis, we need all hands on deck to find solutions. Welcome Home Coalition, a Portland Metro-based housing opportunity organization, understands the problem. That’s why the group is leading the local movement to advocate for dedicated resources.

“Affordable housing programs have been defunded year over year at the federal level,” says coalition director Jes Larson. “Public housing programs and Section 8 housing are still there, but overall, there are very few...