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April 3, 2012

Common Threads

People say Oregon is split into two or three distinct communities. But at 1000 Friends, we're continuously reminded that more things link than divide us, no matter where we live or what we do. 1000 Friends is a community of people who recognize this common mission for Oregon, and we work together to pursue it all over the state.

This month's Oregon Stories features a few stories that highlight our common threads, from the folks who gathered for our Tom McCall Gala last month, to the insights of a New Face of Farming participant living on a nearly 150-year-old farm near McMinnville, to a growing trend in walkable workplaces that's spreading across the state. We hope you enjoy it!

Walkability at Work: From Medford to Portland, Employers Are Stepping Up

Why would a company seeking to build a new headquarters pass up on land it already owns near a freeway interchange? Maybe because it recognizes that talented employees increasingly don't walk to work at a freeway office park. They want easy, quick access to cafes, shops and services. That's why some major employers in Medford are spurring reinvestment in the city's downtown. Find out what it means for other Oregon communities, large and small.

Visit Oregon's New Walkable Workplaces

The New Face of Farming: Ramsey McPhillips

Ramsey McPhillips lives on a Yamhill County farm Yamhill County that his family has owned for nearly 150 years. Last year, he participated in our New Face of Farming initiative because he is committed to his work and to the health of Oregon's land, but is concerned about the viability of agriculture as other pressures encroach. Ramsey recently sat down with us for an extended interview about his life and outlook. Watch his story and learn about other farmers like him on our New Face of Farming page.

Hear Ramsey's Story

Hear Ramsey's Story and the New Face of Farming

"A Community That Believes Oregon is Exceptional": 1000 Friends Celebrates 2012 Tom McCall Legacy Gala

On Friday, March 23, over 250 supporters and allies of 1000 Friends gathered to eat, drink, and celebrate the recent successes and future directions of 1000 Friends. Hearing from farmer Lolita Carl and food entrepreneur Evann Remington, we were reminded of the diversity and strength of our community, and reinvigorated our shared dedication to this exceptional place. Learn more and see photos here.

Join the Celebration: Photos and Recap

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The threads that unite us--wherever we come from--are greater than our differences. We need your help to build this community of people who protect Oregon's legacy. Please consider a visit to our online donation page to join or renew your membership. Thank you for making our work for Oregon possible.

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Upcoming Events

Monthly Buzz: Central Oregon Update
Wednesday, April 4, 8:30-9:30am
The Common Table, Bend

Join our Central Oregon staff for our monthly check-in on land use happenings and advocacy opportunities in the Central Oregon region. Learn more here.

Envision Eugene Community Forums
Tuesday/Thursday, April 5, 10, 12
Various locations in Eugene

The City of Eugene recently released a proposal for urban growth that includes roughly 1100 acres of urban growth boundary expansion for housing, industrial development, and parks. The City is holding a series of community forums to consider the proposal; these are the final three. Learn more here.

McCall Society Speaker Series: Governor Barbara Roberts
Tuesday, April 10, 6-7pm
Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21st Ave., Portland

Cost: Free for 1000 Friends members, $15 for others

We are honored to welcome former Governor and current Metro Councilor Barbara Roberts for the second event in our 2012 McCall Society Speaker Series. Gov. Roberts will discuss her life's work for Oregon. RSVPs required to Kristin Barber at kristin@friends.org or 503-497-1000 x123. Learn more about the series here, including events in June in Salem and October in Bend.

Local Motion: Portland City Council Candidates Discuss Active Transportation
Wednesday, April 11, 7-9pm
The Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave., Portland

Join 1000 Friends and a wide array of partners for an opportunity to meet and mingle with the candidates vying for two Portland City Council seats. These candidates have completed questionnaires about their ideas for walking, biking, and transit in Portland, so come with your thoughts and ideas. Click here to read their responses.

Oregon Active Transportation Summit
Monday-Tuesday, April 16-17
Salem Convention Center

Organized by a wide range of transit, biking, walking, and livability advocacy organizations, the Oregon Active Transportation Summit is a two-day event of education, inspiration and recreation featuring speakers from throughout the active transportation field. The 2012 summit Mission is Thinking Even Bigger. 1000 Friends staff will be presenting. Learn more and register here.

Check out our calendar to stay up-to-date on all our upcoming events around the state.

Regional Updates

Central Oregon News Central

Portland Metro News Metro

Southern Oregon News Southern Oregon

Willamette Valley News Willamette Valley

1000 Friends of Oregon has regional offices around the state. Our regional staff work with local residents and elected officials on issues important to their communities.

To find out what 1000 Friends is working on in your region of the state, click on the appropriate image to the right.

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Let 1000 Friends and the power of social media help keep you up-to-date on our work and related topics. In case you haven't been following us, here's some of what you've missed:

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March 30th
Just launched our new Facebook Timeline page! Check it out for a detailed history of our accomplishments in our nearly 40 years of work for Oregon. Let us know if you'd like to see other information there, too! facebook.com/1000FriendsofOregon

March 29th
The built environment is one of the key contributors to our declining health. Unwalkable streets are a challenge for every Oregon community, and they are eminently fixable. And let's not forget the importance of having places to walk to, within a short distance. Read about "The True Cost of Unwalkable Streets."

March 26th
The folks at Walk Score have introduced another cool feature. Check it out next time you're looking for an apartment! And remember, if you add together the costs of rent and transportation, living in a more walkable or transit-friendly neighborhood can be a lot less expensive even if the rent is a bit higher. See it here.

March 23rd
A little trivia this beautiful afternoon, as we prepare for our annual Tom McCall Legacy Gala tonight! Governor McCall is widely known as one of Oregon's truly transformational Governors, leading the Legislature and Oregonians in general to take bold action to protect and improve the livability and beauty of our state. But here's something you may not know: Tom McCall made an uncredited cameo in a major film. Can you name the film? (Without using Google, of course!)

March 22nd
The Food Innovation Center works with farmers, chefs, and scientists to nurture ideas that will help Oregon agriculture grow. It's just one way the crops grown in the Oregon countryside are connected to the life and economy of Oregon cities, and vice versa. It also creates new opportunities for Oregon farmers, and of course, delicious treats for us all! http://ow.ly/9OXnP

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April 2nd
It's hard to argue with the math: reviving downtowns isn't just about values, it's about creating real VALUE. ow.ly/a1PUy #landuse

March 29th
Talk about a growing industry! Organic farming up 240% in last decade. ow.ly/9XI9k #nopunintended #agchat

March 27th
One of our Facebook fans calls this apartment tool from @walkscore "the best thing ever. Like, since sliced bread": ow.ly/9UtM4

March 26th
"What can a parking lot be?" asks the @nytimes. Given their ubiquity in our lives and cities, they could be much more. ow.ly/9SS7T

March 23rd
Good news for #SouthernOR environment and recreation economy: Two bills would expand #Rogue Wilderness: ow.ly/9QjEj #ORLandUseNews

March 21st
Terrific lecture by @BrentWalth last night: How Gov. Tom McCall's language changed how we think about #Oregon. (Thx to @OrHist for hosting!)

March 20th
How "Colvert" responded to #climatechange and became a stronger town. Wonderful animation from @VivreenVille of Quebec: ow.ly/9M8i7

March 15th
#Eugene releases growth proposal. Most growth inside existing UGB, but many details yet to be released: ow.ly/9G4RJ #ORLandUseNews

March 15th
#Eugene can improve housing proposal to reflect changing trends, as Mia Nelson wrote in this July op-ed: ow.ly/9G5t0 #ORLandUseNews

March 12th
Saluting the life of Gussie McRobert, former mayor of #Gresham who did much for city's livability. Died last wk at 79. ow.ly/9BKmG

March 7th
This is significant: For the 9th year in 10, Oregonians drove less in 2011. It's not just gas prices or the recession. ow.ly/9vM4z


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Photo credits:
Header: Daniel Eisenbeis
The Commons, Medford: Derek Severson. Used under Creative Commons License
Ramsey McPhillips: Peter Ovington
McCall Legacy Gala: Kevin Pozzi
Thanks to Dave Garlock for help with the header image.