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Madeline Kovacs
Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:00pm


Portland for Everyone’s local fight for zoning reforms and affordable housing is partly the result of a statewide failure to successfully implement Goal 10.

It has been quite a year for housing in Portland. As the City moves on multiple projects to implement its Comprehensive Plan Update, proposed zoning reforms are poised to make Portland a West Coast leader on housing solutions. Yet at the same time, for a city that declared a “housing state of emergency” two years ago, those reforms are agonizingly slow in arriving. This is the...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:30pm

Oregon’s towns and cities have not been building housing at nearly the pace the population has been growing and changing, and therefore we now have both a housing supply and a choice of housing types that is significantly out of step with need.  This is a major contributor to our statewide housing shortage and unaffordability.  Now the Oregon State Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) has put numbers to this - Why Housing Supply Matters, by Josh Lehner, Oregon State Economist, December 14, 2017. 

Previously, the State OEA estimated that Oregon needs over 100,000 more housing units for middle-income households, and 110, 000 more for lower income households. About 2/3...

Greg Holmes
Thu, 12/21/2017 - 2:00pm

We’ve been hearing the statistics for years—about how Oregon agriculture is responsible for over $5.7 billion in sales, how it is connected to over $50 billion a year in economic activity, and how 1 in 8 jobs in Oregon is dependent in some way on agriculture. We also know that over 90 percent of Oregon’s farms are family owned, that the vast majority are small, and that many of them depend on local markets for part or all of their sales. But what impact do local farms have on local and regional economies? A new study suggests that the impact is huge for communities across the state.

At the 2015 gathering of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network,...

Regan Emmons
Mon, 11/13/2017 (All day)
Rogue Valley Food System Network

The Rogue Valley Food System Network conducted a year-long effort to gather information about challenges and opportunities that the newly-legalized cannabis industry presents to local food production. The effort was initiated in response to many requests from food producers, cannabis growers, and other community members that the network explore the issue.

Dr. Vincent Smith, a Southern Oregon University professor who led the effort, explains, “The Rogue Valley Food System Network fosters connections and collaborations. We...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 10/17/2017 (All day)

Oregon legislators are leading an effort to refine a Clean Energy Jobs bill for the 2018 legislative session, which will cap and price certain greenhouse gas emissions.  The bill will invest the proceeds statewide to ensure the benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy and environment are shared by all, and any burdens are mitigated.  Four work groups have been established, consisting of legislators and interested groups including agriculture, environmental organizations, community-based organizations, business associations, tribes, forestry, utilities, communities of color, and others.[1] 

1000 Friends staff is sitting on three of these work groups. We support investments that focus on equity, taking into account that the burdens of climate change fall...

Thu, 09/28/2017 (All day)

On Saturday, September 23rd, 1000 Friends staff and board met with partners for an introduction to our housing work in Portland. Our tour began on SE Madison and 28th Avenue and continued west along SE Madison, one block off of Hawthorne Boulevard, a lively neighborhood commercial corridor.

Tour guide and Portland for Everyone project advisor Eli Spevak began by sharing how Portland’s beloved older neighborhoods actually enjoy a wonderful variety of compact and affordable housing types. In the first half of the 20th-century, streetcar suburbs (now some of Portland’s most coveted inner neighborhoods) were built out more compactly.

Early zoning codes allowed for more small-scale “multi-family” housing types to be built in most neighborhoods. As...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:30pm

The events this month in Charlottesville felt shocking for many; and for many still, this is all too familiar. We mourn the untimely death of Heather Heyer and offer healing thoughts to her family and the survivors of that attack. We are absolutely disgusted by the violent acts of white supremacists, KKK members, and Nazis. There is no place in this country for hate, bigotry, and racism. 

As the country reeled from these acts, President Obama shared Nelson Mandela’s words: “No one is born...

Abbie Mann-Wood and Phil Longnecker
Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:30am

Every summer, 1000 Friends of Oregon welcomes college interns to our office to work on special projects. One intern comes to us through Duke University and their DukeEngage program. The other is our Gerhardt intern, selected national pool of applicants to work with us in the loving memory of former 1000 Friends staffer Paul Gerhardt Jr..

Phil and Abbie grabbing a mini donut from...