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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...

Karli Petrovic

By all accounts, the Oregon Housing Alliance’s Housing Opportunity Day was a success. On March 11, 2015, more than 250 advocates participated in the day-long event that began at the First United Methodist Church of Salem and ended at the Capitol. Throughout the day, participants met with more than 50 legislators and covered the Capitol’s steps with 20,000 socks that participants collected to draw attention to a startling statistic: 20,000 children and youth experienced homelessness in 2014. And they aren’t the only ones. Tens of thousands of adults also know what it...

Jason Miner

I didn't know Hector Macpherson Jr., so some might say I'm an odd choice to write a tribute to him.

Everyone who loves Oregon, however, owes tribute to Hector Macpherson Jr., who, as noted in obituaries and honors across the state, passed away on March 21, 2015. In fact, many farmers wrote to us to share what Hector meant to them (and we share one of those memories in the images below). This is especially pointed considering what our co-founder Henry Richmond said of the farming community:

“A ruling won in court can always be changed by...

At 1 pm on April 29, 2015, Governor Kate Brown signed SB 333 into law in the Governor's ceremonial office. From this day forward, March 22 will be Tom McCall Day in Oregon. Tom McCall Jr. attended the signing.

Former Governor Tom McCall is remembered for a series of heroic accomplishments that manifest his love of Oregon in law. His advocacy for the Beach Bill, the Bottle Bill, and Oregon’s Land Use program extended well beyond his time in office. These accomplishes also extended to his co-founding of and support for 1000 Friends of Oregon.
 
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We're at the halfway mark of the Oregon 2015 Legislative Session, which is a significant milestone. Any bill that did not pass out of a policy committee in its chamber of origin is now dead. [Well, it's probably dead. There are ways to revive a dead bill, but it's infrequent and difficult to do.] 

While it has been a very challenging first half, 1000 Friends’ legislative priorities are still alive thanks to our passionate supporters and friends. Because of you, the major threats to the land use program are mostly dead. The following is...

If you live or work in or near Washington County and care about the county's future transportation choices, please participate in the “Online Open House.” 

Washington County is embarking on a $1.5 million study to evaluate current transportation conditions and explore what sort of transportation options the county should have over the next 50 years. The county wants to know what you value in a transportation system.

The online open house and values survey is open now through May 15. You...