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January 15, 2013

2013 Begins: New Perspectives, Familiar Spirit

We're wasting no time getting to work in this important year. This month, 1000 Friends is releasing a report on the crushing burden of sprawl infrastructure threatening to sink Oregon's communities. We'll use this report to guide our work throughout the year, and urge you to read it and share with your local leaders, too.

Also this month, we post an exciting new animated version of our Field to Fork infographic celebrating Oregon agriculture, share our recent positions on a proposed big bridge in Salem, and begin a year of celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Oregon land use planning with a recap of last week's engaging discussion with three who helped shape it, an invitation to our Tom McCall Gala, and a graphic celebrating the memory of one of Gov. McCall's most famous speeches. Happy New Year from all of us at 1000 Friends!

More Extensive Is More Expensive: New Report Confronts Sprawl's Fiscal Edge

We've avoided the so-called fiscal cliff. But there is another fiscal challenge facing many Oregon communities--one that's too often obscured and yet extraordinarily draining. It's our infrastructure--roads, bridges, sewers, and so on: many cities can't keep up with maintaining it, and yet many keep digging the hole deeper. This month, 1000 Friends releases a report that confronts this challenge and provides a simple strategy that could help reverse it. Read our report and share it with those who make choices about your community's future.

Learn About Sprawl's Fiscal Edge

Picture of traffic on the Sunset Freeway

Building On Bad Data? Salem Bridge May Reach Too Far

Speaking of expensive infrastructure projects, Salem leaders are considering a huge new bridge to cross the Willamette River from downtown. But you don't need to be an engineer to know it's dangerous to build a bridge on shifting ground. And that may be happening in Salem, as new data shows a giant new bridge may not be necessary at all. Our Willamette Valley Advocate, Mia Nelson, recently told the Salem Weekly and City Council why this data should be considered before a decision is made.

See Why Salem Should Look Again

Map of Salem River Crossing Alternatives

Animation: Our "Field to Fork" Infographic in an Even Livelier Form

Last fall, our "Field to Fork" infographic celebrating Oregon agriculture received quite a bit of attention. We were so excited, we decided to recreate it in another form: a fun animation perfect for sharing. You won't want to miss this--instilling a whole new sense of pride in the contributions and achievements of Oregon agriculture and the people and land that make it possible. Check out the Field to Fork animation here, and help us share it far and wide!

Watch Our Field to Fork Animation

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"Daring Mighty Things": An Evening With Three Who Shaped Oregon

Last week, we kicked off our 2013 McCall Society Speaker Series with an thought-provoking conversation about a time when Oregon led the nation in an unprecedented approach to controlling its destiny. As the land use planning program completes its 40th year, we heard from three leaders who played a direct role in its early days: Norma Paulus, Henry Richmond, and Dick Benner. Each shared a distinct perspective on the program's success, and ideas for how to keep it working for Oregon. Read a recap and see photos from this engaging evening.

Read a recap and see photos

Norma Paulus and Henry Richmond

Celebrate Oregon's Spirit With Us: Our 2013 Tom McCall Legacy Gala

As noted above, this is a big year for Oregon: the 40th anniversary of the program that has done so much to keep it beautiful, productive, and livable. We're rolling out a big celebration to mark the occasion, and we'd like for you to join us! It all happens Friday evening, March 1 at the Benson Hotel in Portland. We hope you can join us--details here.

Learn more about our 2013 Gala

Rally car Number 40

40 Years Ago: Gov. McCall Urges Legislature to Fight "Grasping Wastrels"

Throughout this 40th anniversary year, we'll be sharing memories from 1973. This month, we look back on one of Gov. Tom McCall's most famous speeches, his January 1973 legislative address (right) urging lawmakers to take action to fight "sagebrush subdivisions, coastal condomonia, and the ravenous rampage of suburbia." We remembered this moment in a Facebook graphic that quickly went viral. Check it out and help us share the memory.

See Our Graphic on Facebook

Governor Tom McCall before the 1973 Legislature

Support Our Work

To mark the start of this important year, please consider a gift to help 1000 Friends protect Oregon's productivity and beauty.

A visit to our online donation page will help our work succeed for Oregon. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

An Evening of Art for Housing Advocates
Saturday, February 9th, 6-9 PM
Butters Gallery, 520 NW Davis, Portland
Suggested donation: $50

1000 Friends is pleased to be a partner in Connecting Communities of Oregon, a coalition of organizations working to restore community awareness and options for creating affordable, accessible neighborhoods. This fundraiser for CCO's work to end Oregon's inclusionary zoning ban will feature delicious treats, music, art, and a silent auction. Don't miss out! More details and RSVP here.

Siskiyou Film Fest
Saturday-Sunday, February 8 and 9
Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center
Festival Pass: $10-30 sliding scale

It's time once again for Southern Oregon's best annual film festival, featuring a variety of films on themes of ecology, sustainability, and community. 1000 Friends is pleased to be a cosponsor again this year for this great festival. For a schedule and to buy tickets, visit siskiyoufilmfest.org.

Deadline: Gerhardt Internship Applications
Tuesday, February 19th
Download application materials here.

You, or someone you know, could be our next Gerhardt Intern. This full-time summer internship, honoring the legacy of 1000 Friends' first planner, Paul Gerhardt, Jr., is now in its 28th year, giving undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to work with 1000 Friends on important issues. Visit our jobs and internships page to learn more and download the application.

Tom McCall Legacy Gala
Friday evening, March 1, 2013
The Benson Hotel, Portland

We're pleased to announce the date of our 2013 annual Tom McCall Legacy Gala. There's a lot to celebrate in 2013, the 40th anniversary of land use planning and the centennial of Gov. Tom McCall's birth. You won't want to miss this event. Mark your calendar now, and stay tuned for more details.

Ore. Small Farms Conference
Saturday, March 2
OSU Campus, Corvallis

1000 Friends is excited to participate in the 2013 Oregon Small Farms Conference. Our Southern Oregon Advocate, Greg Holmes, will join a panel at this daylong conference, connecting farmers and other agricultural professionals from across the state. For more information or to register, please click here to visit the conference website.

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

Regional Updates

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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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January 14th
New employers, new destinations, and renewed vibrancy are bringing good things to downtown Medford, reports the Mail Tribune. We're pleased to advocate for strategies that promote and direct growth into existing downtowns throughout Oregon. Click here to learn more about Medford's great outlook.

January 8th
40 years ago today, Governor Tom McCall gave one of his most famous and important speeches, ushering in the adoption of Oregon's pioneering land use planning program. Without this vision, and the people who made it a reality, Oregon would be a very different place today. Click here to see the graphic we made celebrating this speech.

January 8th
The role of the federal government in real estate is surprisingly huge, and some programs are unhelpful to the kind of improvements our communities need. Learn more in Smart Growth America's detailed new report. http://ow.ly/gEept

January 2nd
We just want to take a quick moment to thank our Willamette Week Give!Guide donors. You come from throughout Oregon, and you helped us increase donations by 20% over 2011. This is a crucial part of our year-end fundraising campaign. Many thanks also to our business partner Pedal Bike Tours, who generously donated prizes for our Give!Guide drawings. Happy New Year!

December 7th
As snow blankets several higher elevation areas of Oregon, here's a wintry scene for today's photo trivia. Do you recognize this mountain town, pictured in 1921 when it was already in decline after tens of millions of dollars of gold had been mined in the surrounding hills and creeks?

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January 14th
Cool: @dillpickleclub and @sarahmirk's Kickstarter to make Oregon History Comic about our co-founder, Gov. Tom McCall: ow.ly/gOrpC

January 14th
Neat to see #LakeOswego's Luscher Farm featured in this piece in @HuffPostFood:ow.ly/gNG0E #ORag #localfood

January 11th
Two #Oregon communities win excellence awards from @APA_Planning, for Communications (#LakeO) and Outreach (Newberg). ow.ly/gIkr3

January 10th
.@Salem_Statesman on our new#infrastructure report: More Extensive Is More Expensive ow.ly/gIfbF Report here: ow.ly/gIfdz

January 10th
Zombie freeway update: Hillsboro "rethinking" Westside Bypass study options. ow.ly/gI1th #ORLandUseNews

January 4th
Strong endorsement of economic power of Oregon #agriculture, from @Oregonian's editorial board. ow.ly/gxZi3

January 2nd
Thank you, generous @GiveGuide donors! Prelim numbers show a 20% increase for us over last year, with several dozen new donors. So grateful.

December 21st
Thinking about gifts? One big gift we all share: Oregon agriculture! Check out our NEW Field to Fork animation: ow.ly/giKox

December 20th
What's your vision for #Portland's Foster Corridor? @pdxdevelopment (aka PDC) wants to know in this online town hall: ow.ly/ggpA3

December 18th
Heralding a return to walkability, from an unlikely source (Ford Motors?): ow.ly/gcJuk

December 17th
When cities lob incentives to big box developers, who pays? The sad saga of #Keizer Station, via @Salem_Statesman:ow.ly/gayb9

 

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Photo credits:
Header: Peter Roome. Creative Commons.
Traffic on Sunset Highway: Rudy Salakory. Creative Commons.
Salem River Crossing map: ODOT.
Film Screenshot: Joseph Webb.
Norma Paulus and Henry Richmond: Dave Garlock.
Racecar #40: Jim Culp. Creative Commons.
Tom McCall: Oregonian archives, January 9, 1973.