Risky Business

Down in Salem, they're talking about a special session at the end of this month. Possibly on the agenda: a last-ditch effort to revive the ailing Columbia River Crossing freeway project, with Oregon footing the bill.

1000 Friends and a coalition of allies have sent a clear message to Oregon leaders: enough is enough. This plan is too risky. It's time for a new conversation about transportation--one that serves all Oregonians. In this month's Oregon Stories, read why we took this stand.

Also this month:

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

-The team at 1000 Friends of Oregon

Coalition Decries Risky Columbia River Crossing Revival

Last week, 1000 Friends and ten partner organizations representing a diversity of community, environmental, and transportation interests sent a clear message to Governor Kitzhaber and legislative leaders: A go-it-alone Columbia River Crossing is fraught with too many risks for Oregon taxpayers and communities. It's time for a new conversation. As the Legislature considers a special session, we'll continue bringing this message forward.

See why the CRC is riskier than ever


Knowledge Serves Oregon: Join Us and Wim Wiewel in Portland Next Month

The next guest for our 2013 McCall Society Speaker Series is a Dutch native with degrees in sociology and urban planning, and an extensive university career in Baltimore and Chicago. Wim Wiewel became the President of Portland State University in 2008. Since then, he has worked to increase the university's presence in the life of the city and state. On October 16 in Portland, he'll share ideas about how this role can be further enhanced. Join us! RSVP here.

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Wim Wiewel portrait

Map: Your Oregon Land Use Trail

Throughout the summer, we've been asking: what's on your list of Oregon's most special places? We limited our Land Use Trail to 40 places, but we knew there were many more places you love. Sure enough, we've heard many great ideas from around Oregon (including the town at right and scenic spot in our header--do you know where these are?). We've been collecting them in an interactive map. Check it out here.

Explore your Land Use Trail

PS: Still have ideas you'd like to share? We'd love to hear them and add them to the map--tell us here.

Your Land Use Trail: mystery buildings

Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You: Landmark Considers 40 Years of Land Use

We're putting the finishing touches on the 2013 issue of Landmark, the journal of 1000 Friends. This year's issue features a conversation about 40 years of Oregon land use planning. Contributors include LCDC Commissioner Greg Macpherson, Bend City Councilor Sally Russell, two participants from our Land Use Leadership Initiative, and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. Members of 1000 Friends will receive Landmark in the mail in the next couple of weeks. We'll post an online version shortly after. Don't miss out on the next issue--if you're not a member of 1000 Friends, become one today!

Landmark cover

Land Use Trail

This Month on the Land Use Trail: Visiting Special Oregon Places

Throughout the summer, we'll be 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.


Banks Vernonia State Trail

Umpqua River

The Pearl District

Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

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Your financial support is crucial to our work. Help support our efforts to promote smarter transportation policy, stronger rural economies, and protection of the places Oregonians value. Please consider joining, renewing, or making a special online contribution to 1000 Friends today. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

McCall Society Speaker Series: PSU President Wim Wiewel
Wednesday evening, October 16
Reception: 5:30 PM, Presentation/Q&A: 6-7 PM
The Augen Gallery
716 NW Davis St., Portland

Save the date for this engaging evening with one of Portland's most interesting new residents. PSU President Wim Wiewel, whose academic credentials include a degree in urban planning, will share thoughts about the civic, cultural, and educational life of the city. More info here.

Give!Guide 2013
Wednesday, November 6, through the end of 2013
Online at wweek.com/giveguide

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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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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September 2
Did you know that one in eight Oregon workers--that's 261,000 people--depend on Oregon agriculture for their livelihood? It's a core component of our state's workforce. Happy Labor Day to everyone who works hard to make Oregon's economy thrive!

August 22
Interesting initial results from a street project in Ashland: more people walking and biking, fewer accidents, and limited impacts on car travel times. Have you traveled in this area recently? Read more.

August 20
As the West battles another terrible wildfire year, hard questions about development on the forest's fringe.

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September 5
Even "green" sprawl is still sprawl. As they say in real estate, it's about location, location, location. ow.ly/oB6d8

September 3
Busy days ahead RT @NickCPDX: Recess is over for the @oregonmetro Council – so what's up next? news.oregonmetro.gov/1/post.cfm/por…

August 29
Driving on decline nationally, but transportation plan for South Hillsboro has room for a 7-lane Cornelius Pass Rd. ow.ly/oofOJ

August 28
Interesting book about the future of America's suburbs--more density, more transit. Or, "urban burbs". ow.ly/olTij

August 27
Just read nice @1859Oregon profile of Kiyokawa Family Orchards in the #HoodRiverValley. Multi-generation farm, real innovators in valley.

August 27
"Rich, robust & occasionally hilarious academic lit on megaproject cost overruns" -@Sightline ...in Oregon's future? ow.ly/ojzgq

August 26
A beautiful Oregon day. RT @GregRaisman: Even with rain, 20K+ people showed up for lush Southeast Sunday Parkways. flic.kr/p/fCrvPu

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Photo credits:
Header: Paulina Peak view by LDELD, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
CRC photo-illustration by 1000 Friends staff.
Wim Wiewel courtesy Portland State University.
Your Land Use Trail rooftops by Trace Nietert, via Flickr. Creative Commons.
Landmark cover image Copyright Mark Gamba. Used with permission.
Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain (Land Use Trail backdrop): Christopher Cotrell. Creative Commons.
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