1000 Friends of Oregon | Oregon Stories, October 2013

October 23, 2013

Oregon's Choice, Oregon's Values

The Columbia River Crossing freeway and bridge project is in one corner of the state, but its shadow looms over all of Oregon. And now it's time for Oregon to make a choice.

Some are calling for a special legislative session to approve a version of the CRC with Oregon footing the bill. But despite the air of inevitability proponents project, we know that Oregon has a choice. As our Land Use Trail has shown this summer, Oregonians have a long history of making smart decisions based on our values. When it comes to the CRC, will we do it again?

That's the question our Executive Director Jason Miner asks in an op-ed released today. Read it here.

Also in this month's Oregon Stories:

As always, thank you for standing with us for a better Oregon.

-The team at 1000 Friends of Oregon

Oregon's Choice, Oregon's Values

A special session has come and gone in Salem, and the risky Columbia River Crossing megaproject remains in limbo. Though the rancorous echoes of that session still ring in the Capitol, CRC proponents are pushing for another session with the sole purpose of approving the project, even though Oregon would alone foot the bill. As Oregon's future hangs in the balance, our Executive Director explains how Oregonians' values should guide us to reject the CRC in its current form.

Read about Oregon's CRC choice


Poll: Balance and Beauty Remain Core Oregon Values

Oregonians have never lost their belief that how we plan is a core part of who we are. New data from the Oregon Values and Beliefs Project, a representative and comprehensive statewide survey, reveals strong majorities continue to support protecting farms and forests from sprawl, and managing growth in an efficient, healthy way. We'll be taking this message to leaders around the state. Find out how Oregonians continue to prioritize a healthy balance on our land.

Explore your Land Use Trail

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New Faces, New Places for our Staff: Welcome Amanda, Good Luck Tara!

We are thrilled to welcome our new Development Director, Amanda Caffall, a Northwest native and attorney by training who brings a wealth of connecting experience to our team. Learn how you can get in touch with Amanda.

Find out more about Amanda

As we welcome Amanda, we're also pleased to congratulate our former Outreach Director, Tara Sulzen, on her new gig as Executive Director of the Bus Project. We're confident they've picked a great driver!

Amanda Caffall

Welcome to the Board, Dr. Lisa Bates!

We're also pleased to welcome a new face to our Board of Directors. Lisa Bates is an Associate Professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, where she joined the faculty in 2009. She researches issues in social justice as it relates to housing policy and planning. She worked in research and policy formulation with a variety of organizations, including the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the Portland Housing Center, and PolicyLink. Welcome, Lisa, to our Board!

Meet our Board

Lisa Bates

Event Recap: Wim Wiewel, Economic Development, and "Bigger Plans"

The old image of the university as an anti-urban creature is changing, and Portland State University is leading the charge. That was the message PSU President Wim Wiewel presented to our McCall Society Speaker Series guests last week in Portland. Wiewel, an expert in urban economic development, laid out a series of case studies from university-community partnerships nationally, and explained how he takes inspiration from renowned architect Daniel Burnham for PSU's future. Find out why in this recap.

See what Wiewel told our guests

Wim Wiewel speaks to our McCall Speaker Series audence.

Now Available Online: Landmark, the Journal of 1000 Friends

As the 40th anniversary year of Oregon land use planning rounds the corner into autumn, we're looking ahead. The 2013 edition of Landmark, the annual journal of 1000 Friends, considers this question in depth. Contributing voices include participants in our LULI program, a farmer from southern Oregon, an eastern Oregon planner, and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. Members of 1000 Friends received the issue in their mailboxes last month. Now you can read it online!

Flip through Landmark online

Landmark cover

Did You See This? How to Reverse America's "Worst Idea"

A new TED Talk describes Oregon as an inspiration for reversing "the worst idea we've ever had": suburban sprawl. Planner and author Jeff Speck explains how our country backed itself into a corner through poor choices in transportation and land use, and how we can get back out, taking inspiration from what Oregon has accomplished by creating more walkable places. As the TED motto states, these are "ideas worth spreading"—watch and pass it on!

Watch this TED Talk online

TED Talk

Land Use Trail

This Month on the Land Use Trail

Throughout the past few months, we've been virtually visiting stops on our new Land Use Trail and sharing some fun tidbits about what makes these places special, whether they are Signature Natural Places, Thriving Working Landscapes, Great Communities, or examples of our Land Use Roots.

This month we paid a visit to the following places. Click on any to learn more, or visit friends.org/trail to see the whole Trail.

Baker City, Baker County

Metolius River, Jefferson County

Orenco Station, Washington County

Steens Mountain, Harney County

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Upcoming Events

Give!Guide 2013
Wednesday, November 6, through the end of 2013
Online at www.giveguide.org

We are thrilled to participate once again this year in Willamette Week's Give!Guide, a celebration of Oregon nonprofits and one of the state's most fun fundraising drives. It all gets started on Wednesday, November 6, and goes through the end of the year. We'll be partnering with Winter's Hill Vineyard to provide a bunch of great incentives to give--stay tuned for more!

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

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October 14
A special session looms, and the Oregonian reports the Columbia River Crossing faces "political hurdles." It's got far bigger problems than that. http://ow.ly/pO20J

October 11
PHOTO: Great turnout at the Coalition for a Livable Future's Regional Livability Summit! Learning about the connections between healthy people and places.

September 16
We were honored to join The Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Transportation for America, and friends at the State Capitol today as Gov. Kitzhaber signed into law a bill making walking and bicycling projects eligible for $42 million in Connect Oregon lottery funds. See a photo from the signing.

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October 8
Car exhaust causes 14 percent of chronic asthma cases, making it as dangerous as second-hand smoke theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifes…

October 3
A visit to Dundee reminds us that a big attraction of #ORwine country is its great town centers. ow.ly/psXRe

September 30
Warning: This map may scare you. OR/WA#landuse in 2065, as projected by Oregon Dept of Forestry in a new report.pic.twitter.com/Gr7H6u6Kqt

Map's from a new report. Good: 98% of OR's 1974 non-fed resource lands remain intact. Bad: sprawl in forests rising. oregon.gov/odf/Pages/news…

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Photo credits:
Header: Portland Japanese Gardens by Patrick Morgan. Creative Commons.
CRC photo-illustration and Amanda Caffall photo by 1000 Friends staff.
Lisa Bates: Portland State University.
Wim Wiewel: Dave Garlock.
Farm support graphic by Martin Playing With Words and Pixels, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Landmark cover image Copyright Mark Gamba. Used with permission.
Crosswalk signal by Drive Less. Save More.
Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain (Land Use Trail backdrop): Christopher Cotrell. Creative Commons.
Credits for Land Use Trail backdrop images at friends.org/trail/credits.