December 17, 2010
Use, Jobs and Economic Recovery
Earlier this week, Governor-elect John Kitzhaber referred to Oregon's
current economic situation as a 'death spiral.' Certainly, the
challenges that Oregon faces in pulling the state out of a recession
As elected officials and community leaders look for solutions, two
recent stories - one local and one national - help shed light on the
benefits that sound land use planning brings to our communities. An
increasing body of evidence shows that balanced, common sense
development is good for the economy and
for the health and vibrancy of our cities and towns.
Real Estate Expert Tells Portland Homebuilders:
Housing Crisis Would Be Worse Without Oregon's Land Use Laws
The housing industry is usually hit harder in a recession than most
other industries. It's often said that a recession means a depression
for the housing industry.
Against the backdrop of the current economic downturn, national housing
expert Tim Sullivan delivered this message to Portland area
homebuilders at their annual meeting earlier this month:
be far worse in Oregon, Sullivan added, if not for the state's strict
land-use laws. Oregon avoided Las Vegas-style overbuilding because of
the land-use laws frequently assailed by the Home Builders political
wing. "It's because of your urban growth boundary," Sullivan said.
"You're the antithesis of Phoenix, where you can build anything,
anywhere at any time."
here to read the full story.
Suburbs Lose Office Workers to Business Districts, Reversing a Post-War
This week, the Wall Street Journal reported that, in cities around the
country, downtown office buildings "have stopped losing tenants or are
filling up again even as the office space in the surrounding suburbs
continues to empty."
This pattern represents a shift from previous economic recoveries when
office space in the suburbs filled up faster than their downtown
competitors. Many analysts believe the shift is profound and permanent:
people don't want to be out on the fringe...and as people are beginning
to figure that out, it's beginning to get factored into office
relocations," said Christopher Leinberger, a real-estate developer and
a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. "It's a major
structural trend that we in real estate are going to have to adjust
here to read the full story.
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Holiday Events Celebrate Community, Good Work, and Good Food
Earlier this month, 1000 Friends supporters gathered in Portland and
Bend for festive holiday celebrations.
In Bend, our first annual Winter Harvest Feast felt like an
old-fashioned community gathering, combining lively conversation and a
multi-course dinner of sustainable, local food. Many thanks to Chow
Restaurant for their generosity.
here to read more about the Bend
In Portland, supporters gathered at Lovejoy
Bakers to celebrate and honor
the work of several of the next generation of community leaders that
are part of our 35 Innovators under 35 campaign.
here to read more about the
here to read more about our 35
Innovators under 35.
Heroes: Friends of Linn County
Itâ€™s a familiar story across the state:
a contentious land use issue spurs local outrage; neighbors weigh their
options and seek support from 1000 Friends of Oregon. The result of the
case may be insignificant in the big picture, but the newly empowered
citizens band together to promote common sense development.
This was the script in Linn County, where Irina and Jim Just sought
help in preserving prime farm and forest land from the threat of a
proposed golf course.
here to ready more about Friends
of Linn County. (photo credit: Tony Hayden, Lebanon)
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