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May 2, 2012

Big News, Small Towns, and Everything In Between


It's been a big month for Oregon. We've seen big news about Oregon cities (which notably are not as big as some), Oregon agriculture (which had its biggest year ever), and some important Oregon plans (with big implications for the future).

But we've got "small" news to share, too! In this month's Oregon Stories, we'll also visit a small (but growing) business with a new walkable workplace, and ask for your favorite Oregon Main Street, which might be in a small town. We hope you'll enjoy and share your favorites!

2010 Census: Oregon Cities See Above Average Growth, On Half the Land

Some interesting trends are emerging as 2010 Census figures are released. For example, fringe suburban counties' are seeing growth slow to a trickle, as Americans move toward walkable communities. But amid the national statistics, we found an important trend for Oregon's cities: although their populations are growing slightly more than the average American city, their growth covered half the land. Learn more about what this says about Oregon.

See How Oregon Cities Bucked the Trend

Aerial photo of Cornelius, Credit: Sam Beebe

Bumper Year for Oregon Agriculture

2011 was an unprecedented year in Oregon farming, ranching, and fisheries, giving the whole state reason to celebrate. 34 of 36 counties saw growth in farm sales, as the state's producers hit a record $5.2 billion in sales. More remarkably, 31 Oregon counties saw double-digit growth in sales. Once again, the Oregon agricultural industry proves its contributions to the Oregon economy can't be doubted, and shouldn't be compromised.

Learn More About A Big Year for Oregon Farming

Orchard with Mt Hood.

Walkable Workplace Profile: A Classic Home for Classic Foods

With a growing client list and ambitious business plan, Jake Greenberg could have located his Portland food distribution company's new facilities anywhere. But where many companies would choose a freeway-oriented warehouse, Greenberg took a different path: he renovated an old ice factory in a walkable, transit-accessible neighborhood. The payoff has been big for the community, for Jake's employees, and for the company. We paid a visit to find out more, as part of our occasional series on walkable workplaces.

Take a Tour of Classic Foods

View of Classic Foods' Exterior

Share Your Favorite Oregon Main Street!

When Travel + Leisure recently published a list of "America's 25 Greatest Main Streets," not a single one was in Oregon. We thought that was an oversight. So many Oregon towns and neighborhoods have all the features of a great Main Street, like walkability, variety, and historic character. So tell us: what's your favorite Oregon Main Street? Click here to share with us in an online poll. Plus: guess what town is featured in the photo above. We'll share what we hear in a future issue of Oregon Stories!

Share your favorite Oregon Main Street!

Ashland Main Street-One Great Main Street

Jackson County Is One Step Closer to a Regional Plan

The Bear Creek Valley Regional Problem Solving project (RPS) passed a major milestone this spring. After hearing testimony from 1000 Friends and local citizens at its March meeting, the state Land Conservation and Development Commission requested several revisions to the plan. Jackson County must make these changes, and the participating six cities must still have public hearings to adopt the plan, but RPS is well on its way to being the guiding vision for the next decades of growth in the Medford region. Learn about the next steps.

Find out what's next for Jackson County

The UGB in Jackson County

How Oregon Plans: Exploring the Roots of an "Unquiet Land Use Revolution"

2013 is the 40th anniversary of SB 100, which created Oregon's statewide land use program as we know it today. (That's the Ruby Anniversary, in case you're curious.) As this big year approaches, we're getting ready to celebrate. Next month in Salem, we'll get a head start with Professor Sy Adler, author of a new history of the beginnings of Oregon's planning program. He'll be the next speaker in our McCall Speaker Series on June 7. Read more about his book and RSVP to join us in Salem next month!

Learn more about how Oregon Plans.

Cover of the Oregon Plans book

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Upcoming Events

A City's Center: Rethinking Downtown
Friday, May 4, 4-5:30pm
Reed Opera House, 189 Liberty St. NW, Salem

What will it take to revive communities' downtowns across Oregon? 1000 Friends and Oregon Humanities are pleased to co-host an engaging Conversation Project event with Nan Laurence, a senior planner for the City of Eugene, to explore what communities' downtowns have in store in the years to come. Learn more here.

Monthly Buzz: Central Oregon Update
Wednesday, June 6, 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. This monthly conversation is growing every time we hold it! Learn more here.

McCall Society Speaker Series: Professor Sy Adler on Oregon Plans
Thursday, June 7, 6:00-7:00pm
Willamette University, Salem
Cost: Free for 1000 Friends members, $15 for others.

1000 Friends is pleased to host Sy Adler, author of a new history of Oregon land use planning and activism, for the next event in our 2012 McCall Society Speaker Series. At this engaging event, Professor Adler will share his insights into what the land use program's origins teach us about its future. RSVPs required to Kristin Barber at kristin@friends.org or 503-497-1000 x123. Learn more here.

MAX to Market Bike Ride: Connecting to Food in Washington County
Wednesday, June 13, 5:30-8:30pm
Hillsboro to Forest Grove and back!

For Pedalpalooza 2012, 1000 Friends is once again teaming up with a bunch of our partners for a fun bike ride from downtown Hillsboro to the Forest Grove Farmers Market! We'll see and talk about the urban growth boundary, transportation projects, and the food that feeds us and supports the local economy. Learn more here. And stay tuned for info on another ride we're planning in June, from Orenco Station to Helvetia.

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

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April 30th
Neat! Salem's Pringle Creek Community has received another award for its environmental innovation. This time its Painters Hall, which features a cafe and community event space, has been certified as a Net Zero Energy building, one of just two retrofitted Net Zero buildings in the country so honored! Setting the bar high for neighborhood and building design. Learn more.

April 27th
Oregon businesses that make the right choices for environmental and social sustainability deserve to be celebrated! Congrats to the recipients of the 2012 Portland BEST sustainable business awards, including NatureBake, whose Oregon Grains bread is almost entirely made of ingredients sourced within 100 miles of its factory in Milwaukie. Learn about the companies and watch some great videos here.

April 25th
The film wizards at Uncage the Soul Productions have released another lovely timelapse video, following up on their terrific "Finding Oregon" from last fall. It's called "Finding Portland," and is no less fun to watch. We're looking forward to hosting these guys for an event in Bend this October! http://vimeo.com/41011190

April 20th
Keeping up the vein of our favorite Main Streets in Oregon, today for Friday photo trivia we've picked one great main street in a small Oregon town. Can you identify this town from this image?

April 18th
Missed something good from our News Feed in the last couple of weeks? Don't worry. Our Livability List is here to keep you up to speed with all the good stuff. Click here.

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May 1st
Agree: "Biggest threat to rural landscapes isn't livability...it's business-as-usual suburban sprawl." ow.ly/aDotB @PPS_Placemaking

April 30th
Proud to be a community partner of the @Living_Future conference in #PDX this week: "Women Reshaping the World." ow.ly/aBLIS

April 27th
Thanks @bikearoundbend for sharing a great story about how #Oregon land use supports growing #bike tourism industry. ow.ly/azdto

April 24th
#SanDiego discovers its #sprawl is a Ponzi scheme, thx to @StrongTowns. #Oregon cities, take note. ow.ly/axtvA (via @hblackman)

April 23rd
Even some #Measure37 supporters think 2 anti-planning ballot initiatives in #JacksonCo will hurt the county. ow.ly/asVWB #Oregon

April 22nd
Having a great discussion on the 'Politics of Place' at #rebooting12 today after a productive session on citizen engagement this morning.

April 20th
DLCD recommends state reject parts of the #Portland Metro urban growth bndy expansion adopted last year. ow.ly/aqfvl #ORLandUseNews

April 20th
Slider photos of #sprawl across the globe: never fails to make us grateful for land use program that's checked it here: ow.ly/aqdIg

April 19th
10,000. That's how many Baby Boomers turn 65 everyday. Guess what? Most aren't looking for golf course condos anymore. ow.ly/aoGV6

April 17th
Tom Miller of PBOT: active #transportation advocates MUST follow and help shape land use decisions. So true! #ATsummit

April 12th
The links between childhood #obesity and neighborhood #walkability and friendliness to play are strong, says new study. ow.ly/afjeE

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Photo credits:
Header: Flickr user Katherine H. Used under Creative Commons License 2.0.
Cornelius Aerial: Sam Beebe. Used under Creative Commons License 2.0.
Hood River Valley Orchard: National Scenic Byways
Classic Foods facility: Dave Garlock.
Jackson County UGB: Greg Holmes.
Ashland downtown photo: Ewan Munro. Used under Creative Commons License 2.0.
Oregon Plans Cover: OSU Press.
Thanks to Dave Garlock for help with the header image.